Russell & Bromley (Southport) to close in September 2014

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Russell & Bromley (Southport) to close in September 2014

One of Lord Street’s longest established businessess is set to close after 44 years.

The lease of Russell & Bromley runs out in September 2014 and the company have decided not to renew it.

The company have a fantastic reputation for selling Adult fashion footwear and handbags.

The business has remained under the control of the Bromley Family since its creation over 120 years ago.

Early history

The Russell & Bromley story began in 1873 when George Frederick Bromley left his home in Hastings to work as a journeyman-shoemaker for prosperous Albion Russell of Lewes.

He fell in love with his employer’s daughter Elizabeth and in 1874 he married her.

Six years later the young couple took over the management of her father’s branch shop at Seaside Road, Eastbourne and for the first time, the sign of ‘Russell & Bromley’ appeared above a shop door.

Until then only the Russells had been known as shoemakers – and highly respected ones in Sussex for more than fifty years.

Elizabeth’s grandfather, John Clifford Russell had established his own boot and shoe manufacturing business in Cuddingly, Kent, about 1820.

For the first ten years of its existence the new Russell & Bromley shop at Eastbourne was part of the Russell family firm. Other branches were opened at Newhaven and East Grinstead.

The branch shop at Seaside Road was soon a flourishing little business. George did the actual shoe-making and selling; Elizabeth looked after the accounts and brought up their five children.

Elizabeth inherited the Russell & Bromley shop in Eastbourne in 1888 when her father, Albion Russell Snr, died.

Her brother, Albion, inherited the three main establishments at Lewes, Newhaven and East Grinstead.

From that date the Russell and the Bromley family go their parallel ways in the history of shoemaking for another sixty years

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