Some of the UK’s remaining department stores.
BRITISH DEPARTMENT STORES.
Boswells Oxford c. 2010
- Boswells of Oxford.
- Daniel. Windsor, Ealing and Chiswick.
- Jacksons of Reading – closed 24.12.13
- Bentalls. (Now part of Fenwick). Kingston and Bracknell.
- John Lewis.
- House of Fraser.
- Harvey Nichols. London.
- Selfridges. London.
- Fortnum & Mason. London.
- Liberty London.
- Boyes. Scarborough, etc.
- William and Griffin. (Now part of Fenwick). Colchester.
- Jenners Edinburgh. (Now part of and trading as House of Fraser).
- Harrods. London.
- Heelas Reading. (Now part of and trading as John Lewis).
- Howells Cardiff. (Now part of and trading as House of Fraser).
- Cavendish House Cheltenham. (Now part of and trading as House of Fraser).
- Browns. York, Helmsley and Beverley.
- Barkers of Northallerton.
- Camp Hopson of Newbury.
- Robert Sayle Cambridge. (Now part of and trading as John Lewis).
- Hoopers. Tunbridge Wells, Wilmslow, Harrogate and Torquay.
- Westgate Peterborough. (Formerly Co-op, now part of and trading as Beales)
- Randalls of Uxbridge.
- Austins. Newton Abbot, Devon.
- Banburys. Barnstaple and Tiverton.
- Co-operative (Co-op) department stores (some independant co-operatives still have department stores, e.g. the Heart of England Co-op department stores Coventry and Nuneaton).
- T J Hughes. Liverpool, etc.
- Austins Department Store,, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
- Marks and Spencer (better classified as a chain store?) – stores across the UK.
- British Home Stores (BHS) (better classified as a chain store?) – stores across the UK – sadly the last BHS stores closed down 28/8/16.
Not all UK department stores are listed here. Just the ones I could think of. There is a fairly comprehensive list of current and defunct British department stores on Wikipedia.
The original cast of Are You Being Served. Captain Peacock, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Harmon, Mr. Rumbold, Miss Brahms, Mrs. Slocombe, Mr. Granger, Young Mr. Grace, and Mr. Humphries. c. 1972. The fictional department store in this BBC comedy, Grace Bros, was loosely based on Simpson of Piccadilly – the London store where comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd once worked and which closed in 1999.
Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd opened its doors in around 1972. Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd was a large and very prestigious department store located at 27 Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1LP. Sears (who by then owned Lewis’s, who were also the owners of the Selfridges London store) re-branded the store as Lewis’s in around 1989 and it traded under the Lewis’s name until around 1996 (from around 1991 Lewis’s had come under the ownership of Owen Owen). It then traded as Allders until around 2005 (Allders having purchased a number of the Owen Owen stores in 1996), when the store closed.
Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd from inside the Westgate Christmas time 1988.
Boswells, Oxford c.2010
Boyes’ flagship store in Scarborough (16 Aug 2010)
John Lewis Oxford Street, 23.7.12 – fitted out for the Olympics / Jubilee
John Lewis Department Store, Cardiff, 4.5.12
Fortnum & Mason, London, 22/05/2008
Daniel Department Store Windsor in around 2006
The sign outside Selfridges, London, 14.9.11. Photograph by author.
Jacksons Reading, May 2008
Original cast of Are You Being Served.