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The Jewel of Knightsbridge
The Jewel of Knightsbridge

The Jewel of Knightsbridge

The Origins of the Harrods Empire


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket

EPUB, $2.99 (US $2.99) (CA $20.99)

Publication Date: February 2017

ISBN 9780750981941

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Feb 2017)


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The remarkable origins of Harrods, and how it rose to become the most celebrated store in London

In 1836, Charles Harrod found himself in a prison hulk awaiting transportation to Tasmania for seven years' hard labor. He had been convicted of receiving stolen goods, and this should have been the beginning of the end for his fledgling business. And yet, in miraculously escaping his fate and vowing to turn his back on crime, he would become the much-esteemed founder of the now-legendary Harrods in London's fashionable Knightsbridge district. Some years later, Charles was succeeded by his son, who took the shop from a successful local grocer to a remarkable department store, patronized by the wealthy and famous. This book reveals the previously unknown and scandalous origins of the store, and follows its remarkable fortunes to the end of the 19th century, when its shares were floated on the stock exchange, thus completing one of the most extraordinary comeback stories in the history of commerce.

Author Biography

Robin Harrod is the great-great grandson of Charles Harrod, the founder of Harrods, and has researched the history of his extraordinary family for 25 years. He liaises with the Harrods archivist regarding any questions about the family