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Hedley Swan - Joplings. Sunderland
« on: August 01, 2017, 01:26:56 PM »
A  number of issues are known from this store with a halfpenny in several varieties and a penny which has a different obverse to that of the reverse. A later halfpenny has Ltd included in the design; no doubt there are others with this addition.

I have two varieties of the shilling - flat top 1 and sloping top 1. this latter has the additional Ltd.

Joplings Store
The former Joplings department store on John Street was, for decades, a Sunderland institution. Along with Binns on Fawcett Street, it was one of the largest retailers in the North East and a major site of consumption. Built on the site of St Thomas’ Church, the store is among the more interesting modern buildings in the town centre and a good example of post-war commercial architecture.

The firm ot Joplings was founded in 1804 and operated as a draper’s shop in High Street East. In 1882 the firm was bought by Stephen Swan and Robert Hedley, trading as Hedley, Swan & Co. but still known as Joplings.

The company moved to premises on High Street West in 1919 and remained there until fire destroyed the store in 1954. The business moved into temporary premises until the present building opened in 1956.

Emerging in the early nineteenth century, department stores represented a revolution in retail, merging shopping with leisure. They were safe and respectable places for female consumers to browse and the use of clearly displayed prices took the anxiety out of the shopping experience, thus democratising consumerism. Their buildings were typically multi-storey structures on steel frames, which allowed the interior to be divided into specialist departments.

Joplings’ new store was designed by Stanley Wayman Milbum (1888-1961), the son of William Milburn. It was constructed of brick and reinforced concrete using the principles of modernism, a radical European movement that transformed architecture in the twentieth century. Based on a rejection of past styles and a commitment to industrial materials, modernism was initially deemed too severe for conventional British tastes, but gained acceptance after the Second World War as an answer to post-war reconstruction.

The elevations of the Joplings store have a strong horizontal emphasis due to the use of strip windows and a sweeping concrete sill that was built to provide shelter for window shoppers. Display windows stocked with alluring goods were one of the sales tactics developed by sophisticated retailers. The upper storey is a glazed clerestory, with exposed structural supports in the form of modernistic flying buttresses. The long fagades converge at the corner, where an abstract white plane rose up to display the name of the store and a clock face.

Throughout the decades, Joplings gave Sunderland consumers access to ready-to-wear clothing and homeware, allowing local people to engage with the latest fashion trends and to furnish modern homes. Sadly, the store closed in 2010, but there are plans to convert it into a hotel.
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Re: Hedley Swan - Joplings. Sunderland
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2017, 01:32:57 PM »
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Re: Hedley Swan - Joplings. Sunderland
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2017, 01:42:38 PM »
Joplings Store below in happier times.

Tokens with Joplings Ltd. only. I only have three values at present. ...accumulated rather than collected.  ::)
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Re: Hedley Swan - Joplings. Sunderland
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 01:22:15 PM »
Hedley Swan & Co. Ltd. - Joplings 6d consimilar Cu-ni 19.6mm
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Re: Hedley Swan - Joplings. Sunderland
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2017, 11:16:21 PM »
So there likely is a threepence out there...

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Re: Hedley Swan - Joplings. Sunderland
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2017, 11:31:09 PM »
Yes very likely.
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