Early Days

This section charts the early history of John Lewis, the department store division of the John Lewis Partnership. It begins with the opening of the very first store on Oxford Street by Mr John Lewis, without whom there would be no John Lewis department stores, John Spedan Lewis, or the co-owned business known today as the John Lewis Partnership. The section culminates with the pivotal events of 1940, the purchase of the Selfridge Provincial Stores group by the Partnership, and the tragic bombing of John Lewis on Oxford Street.

Page link: Famous department stores from 1707
Famous department stores from 1707
A brief chronology of a selection of shops
Page link: The Partnership Council
The Partnership Council
A brief outline
Page link: Leckford Abbas
Leckford Abbas
Purchased in 1929
Page link: The death of Mr John Lewis, 1928
The death of Mr John Lewis, 1928
Spedan assumes control of Oxford Street
Page link: How John Lewis ended up in prison
How John Lewis ended up in prison
A new century, same old Mr Lewis
Page link: Purchasing Peter Jones in 1905
Purchasing Peter Jones in 1905
Growing the business beyond Oxford Street