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    Default T Brown and Pryors - Two London Road Jewellers Shops

    Closing down after 170 odd years at those premises - knew they'd been there for as long as I could remember as a kid. The famous round clock that juts out from the building with its red and blue neon sign is a memory from when I used to play around the steble fountain. Rosemary, the manageress, who is 73 started work there aged 14.


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    Hi Ged

    Many thanks for this information. I thought for a few moments that Brown's might have been the name of a jewellers I dealt with in London Road a few times years ago but they aren't. The firm I am thinking of is Pryor's of London Road, on the south side, at 110 London Road, up by the equestrian statue of George III. They are an old established company as well and appear to be still there from what I can glean from the web. The establishment you have mentioned must be closer to Lime Street judging by their address of 12 London Road.

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    Browns is on the south side but down closer to the bottom of London Road near the 'Legs of Man' pub (now part of the Empire theatre). I bought my dad a Rotary watch from them. I have inherited the watch. I also bought a Sewells watch from them and would take it in to them for cleaning and any needed adjustments whenever I was home. I still have the Sewells and it keeps time as good as any modern quartz timepiece. Alas, Sewells, which was located on Cornhill, no longer make watches, however, they were the last remaining watchmaker in Britain. They were the makers of chronometres for the Royal Navy and fell on hard times when the RN switched to satelite navigation and didn't renew the contract with Sewells.
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    Pryors changed owners a couple of years ago, sadly ending the Pryors family buisness after many years and heirs. Its a completely different shop now although the new owners like to use Pryors good name and reputation.Before It was like going into Aladdins cave with so many beautiful things,all decently priced.That magic has gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Pryors changed owners a couple of years ago, sadly ending the Pryors family buisness after many years and heirs. Its a completely different shop now although the new owners like to use Pryors good name and reputation.Before It was like going into Aladdins cave with so many beautiful things,all decently priced.That magic has gone.
    Thanks for that information about Pryors jewellers, jimbo. When I was a teenager I bought a number of Roman coins there as well as a shilling of Edward VI and some old foreign coins as well.

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    Good stuff. There's a feature on it in tonight's Echo.
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    Lovely photos, Gerard.

    It's a great clock.
    A true Liverpool Icon.
    Very unusual with that neon.
    Have a look inside the shop if you can.
    The ceiling is very art-deco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Hi Ged

    Many thanks for this information. I thought for a few moments that Brown's might have been the name of a jewellers I dealt with in London Road a few times years ago but they aren't. The firm I am thinking of is Pryor's of London Road, on the south side, at 110 London Road, up by the equestrian statue of George III. They are an old established company as well and appear to be still there from what I can glean from the web. The establishment you have mentioned must be closer to Lime Street judging by their address of 12 London Road.

    Chris

    Just for you Chris..Pryors London Rd.





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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Lovely photos, Gerard.

    It's a great clock.
    A true Liverpool Icon.
    Very unusual with that neon.
    Have a look inside the shop if you can.
    The ceiling is very art-deco.

    Thank's Phil..I've been in there Loads of Times over the Years and Never Looked at the Ceiling !!

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    Amazing to see how that corner of London Rd looks now man!! I moved away from The Pool when I was 35, four years ago, and the old Legs of Man was managed by an uncle of mine called Tony Tynan, and we celebrated me mar and dars 25th anniversary in there upstairs in the function room. He then went on to manage The Lord Nelson just off London Rd. Anyway, so bleedin different in just 4 years!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard View Post
    Just for you Chris..Pryors London Rd.

    More great photos, Gerard.

    Have you noticed the shop next door where the original front is partly exposed?
    It could be anything up to 100 years old.
    Would it be possible for you to take a zoom shot of it?
    Pretty please.
    My camera isn't capable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Hi Ged

    Many thanks for this information. I

    thought for a few moments that Brown's might have been the name of a jewellers I dealt with in London Road a few times years ago but they aren't. The firm

    I am thinking of is Pryor's of London Road, on the south side, at 110 London Road, up by the equestrian statue of George III. They are an old established

    company as well and appear to be still there from what I can glean from the web. The establishment you have mentioned must be closer to Lime Street judging

    by their address of 12 London Road.

    Chris
    Nice one Gerard
    Chris, when I was chatting to Gerard a few days back, I was getting

    mixed up with Proyor's and T Brown's too.

    I was telling Gerard that I can recall as a very young kid Pryor's having a display of shrunken heads in

    their Greek St window. I kid you not! All I can remember was that the heads were South American. It's a bit like my memories of dwarf wrestling at Liverpool

    Stadium, nobody else can recall that either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    More great photos,

    Gerard.

    Have you noticed the shop next door where the original front is partly exposed?
    It could be anything up to 100 years old.
    Would it be

    possible for you to take a zoom shot of it?
    Pretty please.
    My camera isn't capable.
    doesn't the shop next door have an original

    advertisment for Everton Toffees/mints ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scouserdave View Post
    Nice one Gerard
    Chris, when I was chatting to Gerard a few days back, I was getting mixed up with Proyor's and T Brown's too.

    I was telling Gerard that I can recall as a very young kid Pryor's having a display of shrunken heads in their Greek St window. I kid you not! All I can remember was that the heads were South American. It's a bit like my memories of dwarf wrestling at Liverpool Stadium, nobody else can recall that either.

    Ta Dave..Midgets on the Stadium !! have you banged yer Ead again !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard View Post
    I'll get you a close up Phil in the next few days mate of the Deli..

    Anybody remember what this Deli used to be Years ago and who owned it !!

    Clue !!...A Famous Liverpool Footballers Dad had it..Another Clue..The Footballers Mam was my Mams Cousin !!

    Thanks in advance, Gerard.

    I cheated!
    I've got a 1936 Directory, and it was Noblett's Wholesale Confectioners then.
    Was that the same firm as Everton Toffee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    I've got a 1936 Directory, and it was Noblett's Wholesale Confectioners then.Was that the same firm as Everton Toffee?
    Yes it was, Mrs Noblett had a toffee shop at the top of Everton Brow. The "Toffee Lady" who distributes Everton Mints on match days at Goodison Park is a depiction of 'Mother Noblett'.
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    No..yer both wrong...I'm not going back that far !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard View Post
    Just for you Chris..Pryors London Rd.





    Great pics, Gerard! The photographs bring back a lot of memories.

    ScouserDave, I never remember seeing shrunken heads in Pryors window, although they did have everything else!!! There were shrunken heads though in the museum at Sudley, as well as a stuffed Emperor penguin and other interesting things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard View Post
    No..yer both wrong...I'm not going back that far !!!
    It was Sammy Lee's dad who ran the deli, he does look so much like his dad I thought he was working there

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    What happened to them exposing that original advert on the facade of the Deli. Remember an article years ago in the Echo saying that conservators from the museum where helping the owners. You'd think someone like English Heritage or the lottery would provide money for something like this. How many 100 yr old painted shop fronts can there be in the country?
    Very sad about Brown's! Hope the clock stays whatever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by billo View Post
    It was Sammy Lee's dad who ran the deli, he does look so much like his dad I thought he was working there

    Spot on

    But yer only get half a Chocolate Frog...
    It wasn't a Deli..What was it for the other Half..

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    Hello I have just read your thread with great interest. It is a shame about Brown's closing but I might have some good news for you. I noticed the mention of Sewills in one of the posts..............

    I live in Liverpool and owned two Sewills watches, unfortunately they closed as you already know. However, I came across www.sewills.com, the person who owns it had a close relationship with Sewills and is still supplying the same watches Sewills did. I lost one of my Sewills watches and bought the same model from www.sewills.com, it is exactly the same as the one I lost. It is made by the same company who supplied Sewills. The other good thing is that they are still based in Liverpool.

    Anyway I hope this is of interest, especially to the person who always wanted to own a Sewills watch.

    regards,

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    A L.R.O. pic of Pryors, Noblett's and Colliers to boot and you even have ChrisTgeorge's car outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    A L.R.O. pic of Pryors, Noblett's and Colliers to boot and you even have ChrisTgeorge's car outside.
    Hi Ged

    I don't know about it being my car but the motor cars in the pic look like some of the jallopies my Uncle Bruce still had in the Sixties, one of them a Ford Prefect and another a Bentley that had belonged to comedian Rob Wilton. In fact that could be my uncle and us coming down London Road after a reserves match at Anfield, all full of half time Eccles cakes and tea laced with Scotch!!!

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    Can you see the 3 brass balls hanging up (or is it down) outside Pryor's. Do you remember the payment system in Colliers where they'd put your money in a tube and send it up those pipes to the admin offices above. I think they were hoping you'd get bored and say keep the change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Can you see the 3 brass balls hanging up (or is it down) outside Pryor's. Do you remember the payment system in Colliers where they'd put your money in a tube and send it up those pipes to the admin offices above. I think they were hoping you'd get bored and say keep the change.
    Hi Ged

    I don't believe I was ever in Colliers but at the Co-op on Booker Avenue they had such a system of communication with a system of pulleys and wires where they put the money or a note or whatever in a wooden screw-top receptacle to send it from one side of the shop to the other. You probably remember seeing the same sort of thing.

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    Yes, I remember being in there one sat getting some school clobber with my mam and dad and the Derby game was on the wireless behind the counter which had varnished wood drawers, a great big chest of them with socks in and all that. Then the bad news, Alan Waddle scored and it remained one nil.

    I remember them then getting a glass cabinet out of Hardy's on the corner of London road and a side street, it was on the never never and my mam had to go up there every week to the office above the showroom to pay it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard View Post
    Ta Dave..Midgets on the Stadium !! have you banged yer Ead again !!
    LOL! Probably imagined it Gerard. Some heavy duty acid around when I was in me teens mate!

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    Ged, Alan Waddle? Jeez, he had to be the worst player ever to wear a Liverpool shirt. He was also involved in one of the most boring games ever. It was a 0-0 at Maine Road in the early 70s. Almost lost the will to live watching that game.

    Back to the pulleys and wires - Chris, I can remember Costigans on West Derby Rd, near to the Olympia pub having that set up. And the bacon slicer! Fascinated by them both. I used to love doing the "messages" for me Mam if it meant a trip to Costigans.

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