Mail-order catalogue from Pryce-Jones

Contributed by Newtown Textile Museum

1933 catalogue from Pryce-Jones in Newtown. The first ever mail order company was started by Sir Pryce Jones in 1861.

The company used the new national postal service and customers included Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale.Pryce Jones was born in 1834 in Newtown. He became an apprentice to a local draper, took over the business and in 1859 started trading under his own name. In 1861 he took advantage of the national postage service and began the first ever mail order business. During the 1870s Pryce Jones took part in exhibitions all over the world, winning several medals and becoming world famous. In 1879 he opened the Royal Welsh Warehouse and expanded his sales of flannel and clothes way beyond Newtown. In the 1880s his patrons included the royal houses of Austria, Britain, Denmark, Germany, Hanover, Italy, Naples and Russia. At the Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 he was knighted as Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones. He died in 1920 and was buried at the All Saints Church at Llanllwchaiarn, a church he had paid to build in 1890. The Pryce Jones Company was taken over by other businesses during the 20th century but the two main buildings still stand proud in Newtown.

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  • 1. At 20:10 on 10 March 2010, oakstar wrote:

    even in the 1960's the royal welsh warehouse retained it's glamour but unfortunately today the buildings are now very sad shadows of their former selves.

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