In 1836, Charles Henry Harrod was convicted at the Old Bailey of receiving stolen goods and sentenced to seven years’ hard labour in Tasmania. But he miraculously escaped his fate to found what would become the legendary Harrods. His son Charles Digby transformed the shop from a local grocer’s to a department store patronised by the wealthy and famous. Robin Harrod’s fascinating book reveals the previously unknown origins of the store, and follows its fortunes through family scandal, the devastating fire of 1883 and its subsequent rise from the ashes, to 1889 when its shares were floated on the stock exchange, completing one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of commerce.
OCD 1284 • 978-1-78706-484-3
OMP 1284 • 978-1-78706-520-8
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