Iconic department store celebrates 275th birthday

Boswells back in 1870 Credit: Boswells

It's one of the most iconic stores in Oxford and this weekend Boswells Department Store celebrates its 275th anniversary. The independent store has been run by the same two families since it opened.

Inside the store in 1959 Credit: Bowells

Boswells started trading 17 years before Samuel Johnson published the first English dictionary and 30 years before Captain James Cook set off on his first exploration!

The front of the store in 1975 Credit: Boswells

Francis Boswell originally started selling travelling goods at 50, Cornmarket Street (now the site of the Clarks shoe shop) in 1738, and his business remained in the Boswell family until its last member died in 1890 when it then passed on to Arthur Pearson of the Oxford Drug Company.

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Iconic store's 275th birthday

It's one of the most iconic stores in Oxford and this weekend Boswells Department Store celebrates its 275th anniversary. The independent store has been run by the same two families since it opened.