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Rackhams Store


master brummie
Have just found out that I should have said Garrard.
I actually typed this a little while ago but forgot to send it, but thanks to Williamstreeter for also pointing it out

Richard McNeill

knowlegable brummie
The earliest reference to Rackham's in firectories is in 1882, where the reference is:

Rackham & Matthews, drapers, 77 & 78 Bull street &'l &
2 Victoria buildings, Temple row,
In 1880 Rackhams is not listed, but there is:
Mattlews Joseph, importer of foreign jewellery, ladies'bags,
purses, albums, brushes, combs, toys & games of every
description, 100 Bull street
Matthews William, clothier, 15 Bull street
Can find no reference to Colmore Row in 1880 for either Rackhams or Matthews, though, of course there could have been another firm of another name that merged with the
The House of Fraser Achieve has an article on the history of Rackhams. Here are some highlights:

The roots of the business is Drapery Store opened by William Riddell and Henry Wilkinson in 1851

The store became known as Rackhams & Co. c.1881, named after John Rackham who over 20 years had risen from being an apprentice to managing the business.

Over the period up to 1914 Rackham's expanded into a number of premises in the Bull Street / Temple Row area including in the North Western and Windsor arcades.

No mention of them having a store in Colmore Row.
More here: https://www.housefraserarchive.ac.uk/company/?id=c2600