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Marshall and Snelgrove, department store, Oxford Street and Vere Street

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Reference 2250
Covering dates 1930-1970
Held by City of Westminster Archives Centre
Extent 26 files
Source of acquisition Records were transferred from the Local Studies Collection in April 2001.
Creators Marshall and Snelgrove, 1848-1974, department store
Related information For partnership agreements and property deeds relating to the firm see M:Acc 503.

Administrative history:
The origins of the firm can be traced back to 1837 when a Yorkshireman, Mr James Marshall, opened a shop at 11 Vere Street in partnership with a Mr Wilson. Marshall had previously worked as a shop assistant for Burrell, Son and Toby at 10 Vere Street. The partnership subsequently expanded to become Marshall, Wilson and Stinton. On the retirement of Mr Stinton in 1848, John Snelgrove, who had worked as an assistant in the business, became a partner and the firm's name was changed to Marshall and Snelgrove. In 1847 James C Marshall (the eldest son of Mr James Marshall) joined the firm and the business continued to expand, with new premises being taken on the junction of Vere Street and Oxford Street. The new building, which opened in 1851, was known as the Royal British Warehouse. In 1855 James C Marshall married Louisa Stinton (the daughter of the partner who had retired in 1848). In 1871 Mr James Marshall retired from active commercial life (he died on 22 November 1893) and the management of the business devolved to Mr James C Marshall and Mr John Snelgrove (who died in 1903). To enable their customers to shop whilst on holiday branches were opened in fashionable resorts such as Scarborough and Harrogate. Mr James C Marshall was President of the Linen and Woollen Drapers' Institution for nearly forty years until his death in 1925 at the age of ninety-five. The firm continued to remain in family hands and additional branches were opened in Birmingham, Manchester, Southport, Leicester, Leeds, York, Sheffield and Bradford. The Oxford Street premises, having been taken over by Debenhams in 1919, though still trading under the name of Marshall and Snelgrove, were completely rebuilt in 1974 when the name was changed to Debenhams.

The collection includes catalogues, and other printed material

Centenary Catalogue  [no ref. or date]

Copy of Centenary Catalogue, including two pages of notes on the history of the firm  2250/1  1937

Invitation to attend Centenary Mannequin Parade at the Chintz Restaurant, Oxford Street Store  2250/2  12-16 Apr 1937

Christmas Catalogues  [no ref. or date]

Christmas Catalogue  2250/3  1960

Christmas Catalogue  2250/4  1961

Fashion Catalogues  [no ref. or date]

Catalogue of Suits and Ensembles  2250/5  [mid 1930's]

Fashion Catalogue  2250/6  [1940's]

Fashion Catalogue "Silks in May", for the Festival of Britain  2250/7  1951

Fashion Catalogue including details of special events associated with Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II  2250/8  2 May-20 July 1953

Fashion Catalogue  2250/9  [mid 1950's]

Fashion Catalogue "Silks in May"  2250/10  [1958-1960]

Fashion Catalogue "Silks in May"  2250/11  [1958-1960]

Fashion Catalogue "Silks in May"  2250/12  [1958-1960]

Fashion Catalogue, "Tricosa"  2250/13  Spring/Summer 1960

Fashion Catalogue  2250/14  [1960]

Fashion Catalogue, "Baratta Italian Costume"  2250/15  [1960]

Fashion Catalogue, "Autumn Fashions in Courtella"  2250/16  [1960]

Fashion Catalogue  2250/17  Mar 1961

Fashion Catalogue  2250/18  [early 1960's]

Fashion Catalogue, "Marcusa in Pure Silk"  2250/19  [1965]

Fashion Catalogue, "Marcusa Pure Silk Dresses"  2250/20  [1970]

Sale Catalogue  [no ref. or date]

Catalogue of Summer Clearance Sale  2250/21  30 June [1960]

Catalogue of Winter Clearance Sale  2250/22  5 Jan [1961]

Catalogue of Winter Sale  2250/23  27 Dec 1961

Swimwear Catalogue  [no ref. or date]

Catalogue for Jantzen International Swim Fashion  2250/24  1960

Packaging  [no ref. or date]

A paper carrier bag from "Marshall and Snelgrove Vere Street and Oxford Street, W1"  2250/25  [1960's]

Company History  [no ref. or date]

Copy of Alison Settle - A Family of Shops, a thirty six page illustrated history of Marshall and Snelgrove  2250/26  1950

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