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Jarrold & Sons Ltd
Privately held company
  • Retail
  • Property
  • Training
Founded1770, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
FounderJohn Jarrold (1745-1775)
HeadquartersNorwich, Norfolk, England
Number of employees
over 450
SubsidiariesJarrold Retail, Jarrold Properties, Jarrold Training, St James Facility Management

Jarrold & Sons Ltd is a Norwich–based company that was founded in 1770 in Woodbridge, Suffolk.[1] It moved to Norwich in 1823. It is privately owned, with members of the Jarrold family still having a significant involvement in running it.

It is principally known as a retail business, with a flagship award-winning department store in the centre of Norwich that was designed by George John Skipper (1856–1948) between 1903 and 1905. Nikolaus Pevsner describes it as "baroque" in style. There are also several specialist shops in Norwich, as well as shops in Wymondham and Cromer.

The non-retail divisions of the Jarrold group of companies are Jarrold Properties, Jarrold Training and St James Facility Management. Its activities previously included Jarrold Publishing and Jarrold Printing.[2]

The company sponsored the construction of a new stand at Norwich City F.C.'s Carrow Road football ground; known as The Jarrold Stand, the original sponsorship deal ceased in 2016.

Publishing activities[edit]

John Jarrold II was moving the firm into publishing as early as 1823 and in 1877 it published the first edition of the children's classic, Anna Sewell's Black Beauty.[3]

In 1936 the firm launched the Jarrolds' Jackdaw Library paperback series[4] and in 1939 the Jackdaw Crime Series.[5]


  1. ^ Norwich Evening News, Tuesday, 18 May, p. 12, "A name that we know and love in Norwich".
  2. ^ John Davies, Jarrolds to sell print arm, PrintWeek, 16 January 2004. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  3. ^ Jarrold's History - 1800s, Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  4. ^ Jarrolds' Jackdaw Library (Jarrolds (Publishers) London Ltd.) - Book Series List, Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  5. ^ Jarrold and the Jackdaws, paperbackrevolution.wordpress. Retrieved 25 June 2019.

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Coordinates: 52°37′45″N 1°17′37″E / 52.6291°N 1.2935°E / 52.6291; 1.2935