Category Archives: Colchester

Williams & Griffin, Colchester’s Newest Department Store

Williams & Griffin department store originally opened in Colchester High Street in 1963 – a merger of two independent stores founded in the 19th century. Since 2008, it has been one of Fenwick’s department stores.

Williams  & Griffin is seen below advertised in the July 1967 Essex Countryside magazine.

Williams & Griffin - Colchester's Newest Department Store
Williams & Griffin – Colchester’s Newest Department Store
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Tailor Made – House of Tweed, Colchester – the Guinea

The ad below is taken from the July 1967 edition of Essex Countryside. 25 guineas for a made-to-measure suit was obviously a lot of money back then. A quick Google and a Wiki later shows that actually, the guinea had been superseded by the pound sterling from 1816 – but certain items, including bespoke tailoring, were still quoted in guineas. A guinea was worth 21 shillings – i.e. just over a pound. £1.05 in decimalised currency. Therefore 25 guineas would be £26.25 in decimalised currency – and worth a considerable amount more today. In fact, the inflation calculator here puts that at £402.49 in today’s money.

House of Tweed, Colchester
House of Tweed, Colchester
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