Our visitor this evening was Thomas Macey, who is the archivist of Jacksons of Reading.
He gave a very entertaining and informative presentation of the history of the shop. It has been serving the people of Reading for 137 years and to the disappointment of all it will close this Christmas, having celebrated it’s 138th birthday.
It began as a Gentleman’s Outfitters in September 1875 when Edward Jackson, the 9th of 11 children, bought No. 6, High Street. In 1887 No. 6 was demolished to make way for the tram and Jacksons Corner was created. It went from strength to strength and in 1903 ladies fashions were introduced.
In 1940 a revolutionary pneumatic system for transporting money to the cashier was fitted, which is still in use today.
On Friday 22nd March the BBC’s One Show will be filming at Jackson, so watch out for this soon on BBC One at 7pm.
Thomas has written a book detailing the history of Jacksons, “Jacksons: E. Jackson & Sons Ltd.” which many members purchased at the meeting. It is also available at the shop. He has also donated his fee for the presentation to Cancer Research.