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Jarrold & Sons Ltd
TypePrivately held company
  • Retail
  • Property
  • Training
FounderJohn Jarrold (174575)
HeadquartersNorwich, England
Number of employees
over 450
SubsidiariesJarrold Properties,
Jarrold Retail,
Jarrold Training,
St James Facility Management
Jarrolds the Store, Norwich

Jarrold & Sons Ltd is a Norwich–based company, founded in 1770 at Woodbridge, Suffolk,[1] before relocating to Norfolk in 1823.

Jarrolds is still largely privately owned with members of the Jarrold family maintaining significant involvement.[2]


Primarily known as a retail business, Jarrolds has a flagship award-winning department store in Norwich city centre that was designed by George John Skipper (1856–1948) between 1903 and 1905. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner describes Jarrolds the Store as "baroque" in style. Jarrolds also have several specialist outlets in Norwich, as well as shops in Wymondham and Cromer.[3]

The non-retail divisions of the Jarrold Group of Companies include Jarrold Properties, Jarrold Training and St James Facility Management. Its activities previously included Jarrold Publishing and Jarrold Printing.[4]

Jarrolds financed 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.


Of Huguenot ancestry, the Jerauld family arrived in Essex from France in the late 17th century. Samuel Jarrold served as Mayor of Colchester in 1723–24 and during the 18th century the Jarrolds expanded their mercantile ventures throughout East Anglia, becoming established in Norwich.[5] The Jarrolds have joined City livery companies including the Stationers and Haberdashers.

Publishing activities[edit]

John Jarrold Jr. diversified the firm into publishing as early as 1823[6] and in 1877 it published the first edition of the children's classic, Anna Sewell's Black Beauty.[7]

In 1936 the firm launched the Jarrolds' Jackdaw Library paperback book series[8] and in 1939 the Jackdaw Crime Series.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Norwich Evening News, Tuesday, 18 May, p. 12, "A name that we know and love in Norwich".
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  4. ^ John Davies, Jarrolds to sell print arm, PrintWeek, 16 January 2004. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
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  7. ^ Jarrold's History - 1800s, Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  8. ^ Jarrolds' Jackdaw Library (Jarrolds (Publishers) London Ltd.) - Book Series List, Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  9. ^ 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