Sunday, 7 April 2013

Any information on Trussons Menswear Shop.

This shop is one of the last original businesses that have survived in the area and one that has been in continuous trade for 143 years; located at 31 Lower Marsh, it sells high quality fashionable male clothing such as hats, jackets, shirts, jeans and trousers etc. Unfortunately it is a shadow of its former size:

Trussons in 2012
It was established in 1866, and by 1880 as this advertisement from the British Library record shows, it had premises at 102, 103 and 104 Lower Marsh (which was on the opposite side of the road from where the present shop is situated), plus a shop at 413 Brixton Road – then, a very Middle Class and fashionable part of South London. From what I understand from the proprietor, the original premises across the road were severely damaged during WWII, shortly afterward, the present shop was opened and has been there ever since.
I am interested in anybody who has information about the history of Trussons;  maybe you have had a relative who worked in the shops either at Lower Marsh or the Brixton Road premises? I have spoken to the proprietor of the modern business and unfortunately he has very little information about the company before the second world war.

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