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Britain’s oldest jewellery shop is closing down

Martin Wilkinson Jewellers in Mansfield has been run by the same family for more than 90 years

Chiara Wilkinson
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Chiara Wilkinson

Mansfield’s Martin Wilkinson Jewellers has been around for a while. A whopping 230 years, in fact. It’s been through World War I and World War II, when it became well known for servicing bomber command wristwatches. But now, the shop is set to close its doors for good as its current owner is looking to retire. 

Thought to be one of the oldest jeweller shops in the country, the business was established in 1794 and then bought in the late 1800s by Martin Wilkinson, who changed the name to match his established shop in Newark, Nottinghamshire (the shops are now separate businesses). Since then, it has occupied four separate premises in Mansfield’s town centre, before settling on its current location at 16 Queen Street in 1974.

The jewellers has been run by the same family for more than 90 years. The current owner, Andrew Campin, 80, is looking to go into retirement, but his children all have their own careers and don’t look likely to keep the shop going.

The shop’s closing-down sale starts at 10am on Saturday December 3, with 50 percent off all jewellery.

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