Post-war years and decline

By Jonathan Blatchford

Ongoing struggles

In 1948, as London pulled itself back to its feet, Holdrons announced that it would like a Chronicle. The sombre tone of the Gazette announcement spoke volumes about the ongoing struggles in Britain despite the end of the war. Holdrons by this point was falling short of Partnership expectations, and time was running out.

Photo:Amid threat of closure, the Holdrons Chronicle was started in 1948

Amid threat of closure, the Holdrons Chronicle was started in 1948

The Sale of the Branch

In the Gazette of 11th December 1948, the sale of Holdrons was first muted, albeit in hushed terms.

The Partnership has received an offer for a Branch that we should not have chosen to acquire separately...Both sides wished that the negotiations should be kept quite secret until they had been either completed or dropped.

Over a month later, and the Partnership announced that the branch in question was Holdrons. The last day of business was to be the 29th January 1949. The day came and went. Holdrons closed, and most of its Partners dispersed throughout the Partnership, carrying happy memories of Holdrons with them wherever they went.

This page was added by Jonathan Blatchford on 11/08/2014.