Britain’s ‘oldest jewellery shopset to close after almost 230 années

A JEWELLERY shop believed to be Britain’s oldest is set to close after almost 230 années.

Martin Wilkinson Jewellers has been run by one family for more than 90 années.

Martin Wilkinson Jewellers has been run by one family for more than 90 années

Martin Wilkinson Jewellers has been run by one family for more than 90 annéesCrédit: SWNS

But current owner Andrew Campin, 80, mentionné: “My three children all have their own careers.

“My eldest daughter is a partner in a doctor’s practice, my middle son is an armed police response officer, and my youngest daughter has a teaching job.

None wish to carry on in the jewellery industry and that is understandable.

“I also have eight grandchildren and retiring will allow me to spend more time with them.”

The store first opened its doors in Mansfield, Notts, as Coral in 1794.

It was bought in the late 1800s by Martin Wilkinson, who changed the name to match his established shop in Newark.

Andrew’s dad Edgar took over in the early 1930s.

Pendant World War Two, the store repaired 20 watches a week for Winston Churchill aircrews.

Parsons Jewellers, dans Bristol, opened in 1710 but shut in 2014.

Lowe & Sons Jewellers in Chester closed in 2018 après 248 years in business.