Department Store

    Looking down on Jenners from the Scott Monument  -  Late afternoon shadows in September 2007 ©




Bryan Gourlay

Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

After seeing this photograph of shop girls in a large Edinburgh store, possibly Jenners


Bryan Gourlay wrote:

Jenners' Workers

"My mother worked in the millinery department at Jenners for a couple of years after she left school in 1936.

She told me that, as well as employing local girls, Jenners used to employ refined young ladies of good breeding from further afield – some from England.

They lived in their own ‘secure’ Jenners’ accommodation in a house somewhere down the Milton Road. I  seem to remember it was not far east of today’s roundabout past Portobello Golf course, that leads left to Portobello and right to Fort Kinnaird."

Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland:  December 20, 2009




Gus Coutts

Duddingston, Edinburgh

Thank you to Gus Coutts who wrote:

Jenners' Workers

"My understanding is that Jenners' Staff Accommodation was at what is now Queen's Bay Lodge in Joppa."

Gus Coutts, Duddingston, Edinburgh: December 22, 2009




Antonia Barrett


Thank you to Antonia Barrett who wrote:

Jenners' Account

"I remember my mother had an Account at Jenners.  The bill was sent monthly, and if paid on time there was a 'sixpence in the pound' discount."

Antonia Barrett, Edinburgh::  May 13, 2014




Dorothy Addison (née Jenkins)

Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada.

Thank you to Dorothy Addison for:

-  sending her memories of Jenners' store in Princes Street, and

-  letting me see 7 of her old photos of Jenners from the RCAHMS Collection, that she found to be so amazing and  beautiful.

If you'd like to see copies of these old photos and other photos of Jenners, please click on this link:

RCAHMS Canmore web site  -  Photos of Jenners

Women's Fashion Dept

Commenting a RCAHMS photo titled:

'Women's Fashion Dept,
Department Store, 1895'

Dorothy wrote:

"Can you believe these amazing clothes which were worn by our grandparents? That is, if they could afford to frequent such a place as Jenners!!

There was no C&A’s in those days."

Sales Floor

Commenting on another RCAHMS photo, this one titled:

'View of the sales floor for gloves and laces
in Jenner's Department Store, 1895'

 Dorothy wrote:

"Can you imagine a complete floor to sell laces and gloves – how elegant!!

The thing that I loved in Jenner's, as a very young girl, was when my Aunt gave the lady the money she would fold it up and put it into a brass container, twist it closed and place it into the shute and off it went  - flying overhead across the store to some person somewhere to process the bill – and back it would come with my Aunt's receipt and change.  It made a bussing sound it went so quickly,  Does anybody remember that?

I've been wondering when Jenner’s installed the chutes.  I'm going to find out."

Tea Room

Commenting on one of the RCAHMS photos,

'Jenner's Tea Room, 1895'

 Dorothy wrote:

"I don't know if people will have seen this lovely photo before.  I could not resist sharing it with you.

I still love that store.  It brings back so many memories for me. Every Saturday, many years after this photo was taken, I would go up town with my Aunt May. 

She was a maiden lady who had a good job, and she would shop in Jenners.  I remember well that she would buy lovely twin sets and handbags.  She taught at Lasswade School and I liked her very much."

Dorothy Addison (née Jenkins), Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada:  15 December 2015 (3 emais)


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