Robert Herne Bond, Humble Beginnings in Norwich

A photograph of the shop from the 1880's. The man at the entrance is likely to be Mr R.H Bond

Family business

The business was founded in 1879 by Robert Herne Bond. Having outgrown the family business started in Chelmsford by his brother, Robert Bond decided to try his hand in Norwich. He purchased a small drapery shop at 19 Ber Street. He then had two sons, William and John, and they were soon after joined by a third, Ernest. All three would have important parts to play in the narrative of Bonds.

Substantial successes

Although largely unrecorded, Robert Bond obviously experienced substantial success with his original drapery store. For by 1895, he began to expand. He acquired adjacent properties along Ber Street, and on the corner of All Saints Green. In 1897, William Bond joined his father in the business. In 1903, Ernest Bond also joined. Although John, the third son never joined the business, he became a successful architect, and would go on to carry out all extensions on the shop right until the Second World War.

If you have any photographs of the Bond family, we would love to see them.

Comments about this page

  • Thank you – correction made.

    By phaedracasey (08/01/2024)
  • Bar Street in line 3 should read Ber Street – a well known street, here in Norwich. It’s still there, at the back of the existing JL store – you can check it out on Google maps.

    By Terence Gilbert (25/11/2023)

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