The Acquisition of Blinkhorns, Gloucestershire

High hopes for Stroud, which until recently had disappointed the Partnership


Blinkhorn Ltd was a small department store in Gloucester, with a branch of the shop situated in Stroud. It was one of 16 branches that joined the Partnership as a result of the acquisition of the Selfridge Provincial Stores Group (SPS) in 1940. Information on Blinkhorns is of limited availability in the archives, principally because the shop lasted only 13 years in the Partnership before it was sold on. Therefore, if you have any further information on Blinkhorns during its years in the Partnership, please feel free to comment below.

Joining the Partnership

Like the rest of the SPS group, Blinkhorns joined in the midst of the Second World War, enjoying a turnover in 1939 of £79,480. Although the principal shop was to be found in Gloucester, Blinkhorns also had a branch in Stroud. The Stroud branch began trading in its own right in the years following the war. Although the post-war years were unanimously tough for the branches of the Partnership, there was clearly a prevailing fear that Blinkhorns would struggle to keep up with its counterparts; such was the small nature of both branches. The letter to the Gazette from the 5th June 1948 laid out below, communicated the recent increases experienced at the Stroud branch. As the reply suggests the Partnership was slightly sceptical, and yet no doubt hopeful that these increases were the beginning of something great.

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  • One of my ancestors was a buyer for the china & glass department and is listed there in the 1911 census.

    By L Smith (28/10/2021)
  • A full page advert for Blinkhorn’s ran in the Gloucester City FC match day programme throughout the 1936/7 football season. The advert promoted Blinkhorn’s as “Gloucester’s Cycle Headquarters” and included a mention of Blinkhorn’s “Famous Gents’ Light Roadster Cycle” (Yours for 5/- and 14 payments of 5/- or £3/15/0 cash) The Gloucester shop was in Eastgate and the Stroud branch at Kendrick Street.

    By Alan Dawkins (24/06/2021)
  • I believe Blinkhorns was in Gloucester before 1940
    as I have a gift card given to my Father when he Married and he Married in 1929 also I have his safe driving awards which dates from 1932 until 1952.
    Not only was it a department store I have photo of the vans used to delivery furniture and also they did house removals. In Gloucester we have a lane named after Blinkhorns called Blinkhorns Bridge Lane

    By jenny perris (29/07/2019)

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