The partners later expanded the business such that it had stores on both sides of Wigmore Street, one known as Debenham & Clark and the other known as Clark & Debenham. When William Debenham Snr retired a new partnership was formed between his son, William Debenham Jnr, and Clement Freebody. This business became Debenhams, one of the largest retailers in the United Kingdom. William Debenham Snr died in 1863 at Kensal Rise in London.
William married Caroline Freebody in 1820 and together they had six sons and four daughters.
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