The History of Parsons the Jewellers

Across four centuries, a devoted 300 years of jewellery craftsmanship has built Parsons loyal, family customers. Over that time, families have passed down timeless heirlooms, entrusting Parsons to restore antique jewellery to its former glory.

A timeless British institution, Parsons remains the UK’s oldest jewellers; nurturing all its traditional service attributes and craftsmanship whilst adopting new methods of reaching out to customers worldwide through its web presence.

1710 While Queen Anne was on the throne, the original clockmaking business was founded by George Edgecumbe

1754 George’s son, John, married Elizabeth Parsons and the business branched out
into jewellery

1860 As the firm prospered it used its frontage on the Old Market, to build a second shop known as the Old Queen Anne House

1888 The new shop was devastated in a war-time blitz but the business continued in the Parsons family through the decades

1992 Edward Parsons, the seventh generation to run the store, died leaving his widow Freda – the last Parson to run the store

1999 With no more heirs to take on the business, it was sold to Paul Davis, who was a family acquaintance

2014 The Banks family purchased Parsons Jewellers & launched the 1710 range

2019 Parsons relocated to Thornbury

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