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Brompton Road & Harrods Old London London
Knightsbridge
Brompton Road & Harrods
After the fire
1884-85
 
photograph
contributed Anderson Collection
 
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Brompton Road & Harrods Old London London
Knightsbridge
Brompton Road & Harrods
c.1899-1902
 
postcard
archive 54
 
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Brompton Road & Harrods Old London London
Knightsbridge
Brompton Road & Harrods
c.1900-04
 
Note Fire Alarm lamp at side of road.
 
photograph
archive 54
 
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Brompton Road & Harrods Old London London
Knightsbridge
Brompton Road & Harrods
c.1906-08
 
postcard
courtesy: Paul Kent
 
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Brompton Road & Harrods Old London London
Knightsbridge
Brompton Road & Harrods
c.1908-09
 
postcard
courtesy: Rev. J. Scott collection
 
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Harrods 1922 Old London London
Knightsbridge
Harrods
1922
 
advert-Illustrated London News
27 May 1922
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Harrods


In 1849, to escape the vice of the inner city and to capitalise on trade to the Great Exhibition of 1851 in nearby Hyde Park, Charles Harrod took over a small shop in the district of Brompton, on the site of the current store.
Beginning in a single room employing two assistants, Harrod's son Charles Digby Harrod built the business into a thriving operation.
They rapidly expanded, acquired the adjoining buildings, and by 1880 employed one hundred people.
However, the store's booming fortunes were reversed when in early December of 1883 it burned to the ground. Remarkably, in view of this calamity, Charles Harrod fulfilled all of his commitments to his customers to make Christmas deliveries that year—and made a record profit in the process.
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