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Park Row, Bond Street, Marshall and Snelgrove


Park Row, Bond Street, Marshall and Snelgrove
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Undated. View shows the premises of Marshall and Snelgrove at the junction of Bond Street and Park Row. Founded in 1837, Marshall and Snelgrove sold a wide range of carpets, linoleum, soft furnishings and clothing. The building in view opened in 1870 with the upper storeys being added at a later date. The company later became part of the Debenhams Group with this building being replaced by Lloyds Bank in the 1970s.

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Name:
glenys abbott

Comment:
iused to work not far from here,in the 60s, on Commercial street, which is a continuation of Bond street. I used to go to the bank daily to bank the shop's previous days takings. The bank was situated on Park Row, just up the road from Marshal and Snelgroves. I often used to call in Marsall and Snelgroves. On my return to work my boss often asked 'have they moved the bank, you have been a long time'. I recall Marsall and Snelgroves as being akin to Harrods.

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Name:
JoanH

Comment:
I worked at Marshall & Snelgroves from 1964. They had very high class clientele. I sometimes went onto the flat roof at lunchtimes.

Date:
28-Nov-2010

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Name:
christine tomlinson

Comment:
when i left beeston hill school in 1968 i had three jobs to go to(those were the days!) one was marks and sparks one was schofeilds and the other was marshall and snelgrove,they had a canister to put money in and then it went into a pipe to the cashiers who sent the change back ! i took the job at marks'

Date:
22-May-2011

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chris@chrissyt.plus.com

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Name:
joyce Hewitt nee Lee

Comment:
I too remember Marshall and Snelgrove,as I worked In the stationary dept of WH Smith on Commercial Street. I walked from Queen Street where the Sammy Legard bus used to stop,up passed the Lyons Cafe and on up passed the side of the Museum,to the area from where this photo was taken. It was always a classy shop,indeed Alan Bennet, has made mention of it,having gone in with his Mother,when he lived in Leeds as a boy and young man.

Date:
26-Oct-2011

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Name:
J. Tebbs

Comment:
The only department store in Leeds I can remember that had a commissionaire to open the door for you.

Date:
30-Jan-2012

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Name:
Bill Winterburn

Comment:
I remember Marshal & Snelgrove in fact I still have a Bowler hat in new condition still in the Marshal & Snelgrove box.I used it for the Queens visit to open the Armouries in Leeds,it was part on my Boating gear .The boats were all lined up on the river Aire to wave & welcome the Queen . My boat was Abinition a 50ft Narrowboat. Any collectors want to buy a Bowler Hat as new in original box.??? Bye Bill

Date:
28-Mar-2012

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Name:
SueV

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My mother worked in the ladies fashion department, selling furs. I remember as a child she often told me about it as we went past on the top deck of the bus. She would point out the shop on the right, then I would look for the old museum on the left. She had a lifelong yearning for a mink coat after that, and sadly acquired one, many years later when it was no longer acceptable to wear it.

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13-Apr-2012

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Name:
Peter Jackson

Comment:
it was 1957,my then girl friend, Pat Fairhead worked at Marshal and Snelgrove, she wore a black uniform with a white pinney and a white hat, very smart she looked behind the counter, she worked a six day week, all day saturday and had half day off on wednesday.

Date:
08-Sep-2012

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ciaopj@optusnet.com.au

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Name:
Margaret

Comment:
I remember Marshall and Snelgrove. I used to love going in to the store and looking at the clothes, but I never bought anything as it seemed so expensive when I was in my late teens!

Date:
08-Sep-2012

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Name:
judith simpson

Comment:
My mother bought loads of things in Marshall's, very often in the sale - American percale sheets (some still in use), Rayne shoes,(the Queen's make) and my LGHS school uniforms (macs by Burberry's). She had her hair done there (Jenny Murray was her hairdresser, they had private booths) and I used to go after school and join up with her while she was having her blue rinse done (when I was 12-14). We saw mannequin parades there - very glamorous. I still cherish my hexagonal M & S hatboxes and oblong dress-boxes. I am now 65.

Date:
25-Sep-2012

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Name:
nigel shearman

Comment:
My grandmother Hilda Exley Jackson served an apprenticeship here as a corsettier maker and hat maker,about 1905.

Date:
28-Oct-2012

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janig@janig27.plus.com

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Name:
Louise

Comment:
The house we lived in some years ago had the entrance door handles from Marshall and Snelgroves on our sitting room doors! How I wish we would have removed and kept them when we moved. Such history. And memories. I still have some of their distinguishing packaging but alas not the gorgeous dresses I bought there! Sadly I doubt if the present owners of our old house will know the history of those grand handles!

Date:
03-Dec-2012

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Name:
Andrea Raj formerly Andrea Paterson

Comment:
I used to work at the perfumery department accountable to Miss Steel from 1961 onwards.I also remember a Mrs Lowery,Bettina Lowe,Gerda Rolf and also Mrs Dunhill(Elizabeth Arden).Other names I recall are Mr.Hawkins,the shop manager Definitely an "Are you being served store".Being a junior with my friends at the store we used to sneak down to the gents in the basement.Absolutely wonderful store.Gave me my grounding in retail.Also saw a cross section of Royalty and celebrities.A wonderful period in my life.

Date:
21-Mar-2013

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johnrajsolicitor@gmail.com

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Name:
brian morley

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they had a gents hairdressers, you could have a haircut and a proper shave, soap lather and cut throat razor, finish with a hot towel

Date:
26-Apr-2013

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Name:
leoleodis

Comment:
Although as a child, Schofields was the main store we visited on a trip to Leeds, probably as it was nearest the bus stop, but I remember my mother taking me to Marshall & Snelgrove just before it closed, to have afternoon tea, as that was far more impressive than the usual visit to either Schofield's Croft café, or on other occasions Schofields Café Royal. My mother used to tell me how when she was young, ladies would never enter Marshall & Snelgrove unless they were wearing both gloves and a hat! Marshall & Snelgrove also had a store in Oxford Street in London, where my great aunt worked in the early 1900's. It was a condition of her employment that being a young unmarried member of staff, she had to "live in"!

Date:
28-Jun-2013

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Name:
Hilary Morris nee Williams

Comment:
I can remember my mother buying some of my school uniform here when I attended the grandly entitled Casterton School for Clergymen's Daughters - it was their only stockist - but as it was very expensive, she managed to buy most of it secondhand from mothers of older clergymen's daughters! It consisted of a black and blue striped tie, 4 sky blue blouses, and in itchy grey/blue tweed: 2 skirts, 1 jacket, 1 greatcoat, 1 knitted blue cardigan. A navy blue bowler hat. 1 skyblue shirtwaister dress for summer. Dark brown anklesocks. 40 denier "bulletproof" brown seamed stockings. 1 clumpy pair of dark brown Oxford "outdoor" shoes. 1 pair dark brown loafer style "indoor" shoes. 1 navy blue divided skirt/shorts, light blue Aertex polo shirts. Wellies, gym shoes, hockey shoes ...Etc etc ... quite a list! Plus undies, pyjamas, 4 dresses for evening wear. No wonder our trunks were so huge and heavy. Funny, they were talking about the price of school uniforms on TV today. I reckon the Asda/Tesco etc range are a lot cheaper than ye olde Marshall & Snelgrove school gear!

Date:
15-Sep-2013

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Doreen Wilson

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In 1952 I work for Marshall and Snelgrove as a tailors apprentice, I only stuck it for 6mths because I could see it was like slave labour, the tailor(a man) treated the woman like slaves, they made woman suits made to measure and as the junior I would have to take the garment to the store for fitting I am sure there was a tunnel that connected the workroom to the store but it was over 50yts ago so I cannot remember exactly but I woulld love to know if this was so?

Date:
19-Jul-2014

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gcdmwilson@btinternet.com

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Name:
June

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John Miller, my Dad's uncle, worked at Marshall and Snelgrove in the 1920s or 1930s as a hairdresser. Every few weeks, he would cut my Dad and his brothers and sisters hair in a pudding basin cut. No choice was given! Once, my Aunt asked for her hair to be cut a bit longer than usual, so he cut it shorter. She was in tears at this

Date:
04-Feb-2015

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Gail Pitman (nee Thorpe)

Comment:
I worked in the shoe department and had to dust every shoe box on a Monday and rotate the stock. The manager of that department was Miss Proctor who was stern but fair. I then moved onto thr fashions department and worked under the dreadful Miss Hewitt. I missed footwear so much and disliked my time on fashions, however we then heard the store was closing. Retailers from around the city came in to interview us and offer us jobs, I loved my time at Marshalls and remember a lot of the people there. There was a hairdressers, staff restaurant and the staff were well looked after.

Date:
22-Mar-2015

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Gail.pitman@gmail.com

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Name:
workroom. 1955-61

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No mention so far of the busy workroom, model gowns ,furs ,mens, alterations always busy, we always used to say, don't get paid much but we do see life. We hung out of the windows to see Bill Haley and the Comets arrlve at the Queens hotel . The Christmas parties were fun, girls from the workroom would provide a cabaret our workroom manager was Miss Halliday

Date:
26-Aug-2015

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Name:
anne chapman

Comment:
my sister worked at Marshall and Snelgroves in the 60s and would like to contact someone who worked with her called Janet Mortimer if anyone knows of this lady please email me on address below Thanks

Date:
28-Oct-2016

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anne.chapman1947@googlemail.com

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Name:
danwainwright

Comment:
Bill, was wondering if you still had the bowler hat and box?

Date:
26-Jan-2017

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danwainwright@mac.com

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Name:
Brenda

Comment:
Use to work close to Marshall and Snelgrove, and on a Friday night my mum would come and meet me after work. We would love going and looking at the ball room dresses that were in the sale even tho we couldn't ever afford them. I would love trying them on and dream......

Date:
09-Feb-2017

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Name:
Vanessa Longbottom

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I am in the process of renovating a cottage in Hellifield North Yorkshire. In the loft I have found some catalogues from Marshall and Snelgrove Leeds, Approx year 1934 They are of no importance to me, I am happy to send them to someone who would appreciate them The covers are very dirty.

Date:
29-May-2017

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Name:
Andrew

Comment:
Re: Marshall and Snelgrove catalogues as discovered by Vanessa Longbottom. Although they may have probably long gone by now, if you still have these catalogues, I would be interested in them. Many thanks. Andrew

Date:
20-Feb-2018

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Janet Dickenson

Comment:
Marshall and Snelgrove had a photograph of my father, Clifford Norman, on show in one of their windows. It was my dad and two other soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons regiment landing on Pantelleria during the second world war. My grandma was invited to go to the store to choose something. She chose an easy chair. My dad carried a faded copy of the photograph, cut from a newspaper, and every so often he would take it out of his wallet and show us it. About 1970 I managed to trace it and got a copy from the Imperial War Museum. My dad was the only one of the three to survive the war.

Date:
15-Jun-2018

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olddizzy103@outlook.com

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Name:
Janet

Comment:
I remember in 1967 at my first job been asked by my manageress to go here and buy a bottle of youth dew perfumefrom the estee lauder counter which she had resevered. The place seemed the height of glamour to me at the time . The first time I'd gone in the store. Think I had a long look round the place before I went back to work !

Date:
17-Jan-2019

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balmforthjanet9@gmail.com

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Name:
Jessica

Comment:
Does anyone know if there had been any deaths in the building? I know this may seem an odd question but the building now seems to be quite severely haunted, there have been numerous reports from multiple contractors, visitors and staff that have actually seen and also felt a few male entities and the sightings are happening more often in recent months. Some contractors refuse to walk around the building alone, so I wanted to do some digging on behalf of my colleagues. If anyone has any information I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

Date:
23-Jan-2019

Email:
jessie.jane@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Maureen

Comment:
I have very fond memories of taking my little poodle to meet girl friends for tea. Dogs were allowed into the cafe area then. They would sit on a chair next to us and drink milky tea from a saucer

Date:
27-Jun-2019

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Name:
J.tuite

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My grandfather also worked in the 1920s to 1930s as a hairdresser. I never met him as he died when he was 39.

Date:
25-Nov-2019

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