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James Garnar and Sons

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of The Grange, Bermondsey, London, SE1. (1922)

Ditto Address. Telephone: Hop 4011. Cables: "Skivagarna". (1929)

Ditto Address. Telephone: Bermondsey 1181. Cables: "Skivagarna, London". (1947)

1845 James Garnar was born at 7 Surrey Grove, Newington.

1861 At 15, he was "employed at a leather factory", according to the census.

1871 He had started his own business and was employing 3 men and 3 boys. About this time he bought the dyeing and finishing business started by his uncles Martin and Thomas, and also bought premises at The Grange in Bermondsey.

The firm of James Garnar and Sons was to continue at The Grange for over 100 years.

1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Tanners and Dressers of Skiver** Leather, in all finishes and colours, suitable for the Fancy Leather Goods, Bookbinding and Shoe Trade. (Stand No. J.72) [1]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Tanners and Dressers of Skiver Leather (split sheep skins). (Stand No. P.23) [2]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Pickled Fleshes and Pickled Grains. Crust Skivers and Full Sheep for Diaries. Book-Binding Fancy Leather Goods, Handbags, Dress Sundries, etc. (Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 411) [3]


  • Note: **
    • Skiver - a split sheepskin leather [origin: Old Norse]. [4]


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Sources of Information

  • [1] Garnar Family History