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Jenner's

Department Store

Arrival in Edinburgh

Charles Kennington and Charles Jenner came from the south to work as drapers in Leith Walk, Edinburgh.  They asked for a day off to attend the Musselburgh Races, but  were refused. 

Nevertheless they went to the races and they were sacked when they returned to work.

Charles Jenner

   Cabinet Print by Bashford, Portobello  -  Charles Jenner, one of the founders of Kennington & Jenner, later to become Jenner's Department Store in Princes Street

1838

Requiring other employment, Charles Kennington and Charles Jenner decided to open their own shop.   The shop, Kennington & Jenner opened in 1838 at 47 Princes Street offering Fancy Goods for Ladies.

It went on to become Jenners, probably the best known of Edinburgh's shops.  It is still at the same address in Princes Street opposite the Scott Monument.

The shop expanded during the 19th century to include 48, 49 Princes Street and 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 South St David Street.

Kennington & Jenner - 1870

   The original Jenners' Department Store  -  1870

1890s

Almost the whole premises were destroyed in a spectacular fire on 26 November 1892, viewed by 30,000 or 40,000 people.

Charles Jenner died in 1893.

The store was rebuilt with extensive electric lighting and fast lifts.  It partially re-opened for a Christmas Bazaar in December 1894 and fully re-opened on 6 May 1895.

1900s

The store continued to thrive.  It expanded into Rose Street to include the site of the former Stock Exchange in 1903, and further to the west  to include 52 Princes Street in 1922.

In 1924, Kennington & Jenners became a Limited Company and was renamed, Jenners, Princes Street, Edinburgh, Ltd.

Jenners
1988

   Jenners' Corner  -  Princes Street  -  with Christmas Eve Shoppers

2005

It was announced in March 2005 that Jenners, by then the oldest independent department store in the world,  had been sold to its rival House of Fraser for 46.1m, so ending  167 years of family-run  independence.  Jenners' Princes Street store, in 2005, employed 750 workers.

House of Fraser  announced in March 2005 that the Jenners stores at Princes Street and at Glasgow Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Loch Lomond would all be retained and that the Company will continue to trade as Jenners

Sources:

(1)   for most of the details above up to 1938:

A Hundred Years In Princes Street 1838-1938:  Published by Jenners.

(2)   for details of the takeover in 2005:

Edinburgh Evening News,  16 March 2005,  pp.22-23 and 21 March 2005,  pp.1, 3]

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks