Latest publication August 2021
Lewis & Hyland, the forgotten history of a landmark store.Take a step back into an era when drapery shop assistants lived alongside their bosses above the shop and discover the 150 year forgotten history of Lewis & Hyland, Kent's premier drapery store chain which rivalled the fashion houses of London and Paris and was amongst the earliest department stores before the likes of Charles Harrod and Mr Selfridge.
Discover how the staff lived, their relationship with their employers, the long hours and how they enjoyed their leisure time. Using a multitude of sources the author has discovered the phenomenal rise of the premier Kentish drapery chain during its Victorian and Edwardian heydays until the firms demise in the 1980s.
The book is a unique insight into the life and times of an early retail empire and how the modern department store originated.
'amongst those of exceptional importance, which call at times for special attention owing to their having a history which is both interesting and instructive, a prominent place must be given to the firm of Messrs Lewis and Hyland.' Hastings & St. Leonards Observer, Saturday 17 October 1891.