Harborough Museum

Richards & Sons garment label

Richards & Sons garment label

A bespoke tailor in Manor House on the High Street of Market Harborough, which hosted apprentices in the early 20th century.

The Distinctive Tailor

Richards & Sons was a successful business in Market Harborough, listed in the 1908 Kelly’s directory as ‘tailors and habit makers, 29 High Street’. Later, their premises were at 60 High Street and the Manor House. Market Harborough had many large manufacturers, such as R & W H Symington & Co Ltd and smaller companies such as Richards & Sons were successful by providing retail and services to wealthier clients.

Garment labels for 'Richards and Sons', which would have been sewn into clothes they made
Garment labels for ‘Richards and Sons’, which would have been sewn into clothes they made.

Apprentices

Many firms, including Richards & Sons, took on apprentices. In the past, apprenticeships were an important way for young people to learn a craft or trade, and made sure the next generation of workers had the right skills. Georgina Maddock, of Little Bowden, became an apprentice at Richards & Sons in 1904 as a shirt maker.

Apprenticeships are still important today and you can learn all about them in our new exhibition “You’re Hired: apprenticeships in Market Harborough”. For more details on the exhibition, please check our events page.

View of High Street
A view of High Street, Market Harborough. On the right of the image is the Manor House, built by Sir William Norwich in 1738.

A unique shopping experience

Market Harborough is home to many wonderful independent shops. Although the Manor House no longer houses Richards & Sons, there are plenty of shops to explore in the area, including the nearby yards and Church Street.

Why not learn about the town with the Heritage Trail, availaible from this website or the museum. This will take you on a journey through the history of Market Harborough, as well as past some of its wonderful shops and cafes.

An advert for Richard and Sons
An advert for Richard and Sons

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