Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

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May 1931.
November 1954. Stop-Watches.

Jewellers of Deansgate, Bolton.

1869 Company founded by James Preston.

1905 Business was inherited by Preston's niece Gertrude Duckworth.

1913 Built new premises on Deansgate.

2005 Opened a new branch in Wilmslow.

2016 Announced the closure of its Bolton store.

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