Tyrrell and Green, for over one hundred years one of Southampton’s best known stores, began trading in 1897 when Reginald Tyrrell and William Green opened their first clothing store, initially in Anglesea Place, Above Bar. A year later they moved to premises on the opposite side of Above Bar Street (image 1). The store, renowned for the high quality of its goods and its first class service, expanded quickly and by the 1920s was a fully-fledged department store. In 1934 it was purchased by the John Lewis Partnership, although William Green and his wife remained as chairman and vice-chairman respectively. The original building was destroyed during the Blitz, but the store continued to trade, first in Winchester and then from temporary accommodation in Southampton. A new store was built between 1954 and 1956 on their traditional Above Bar Street site (image 2). In 2000 Tyrrell and Green / John Lewis left Above Bar Street for new premises in West Quay Shopping Centre. The Above Bar Street building was demolished soon after.

1. Tyrrell & Green, Above Bar Street

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The original store photographed c.1911

2. Tyrrell & Green, Above Bar Street

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Photograph (c.1975) of the new store, opened in 1956.


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