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N Arnison & Sons
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Devotees of historical shop premises will love N Arnison & Sons in Penrith

Devotees of historical shop premises will love N Arnison & Sons in Penrith, which must be one of the best-preserved independent stores in the UK. The unisex clothing store is run by brothers Nigel and Tom Scott, who are the seventh generation of the owning family. Nigel explains why running the business is like having a passionate hobby.

This store has an amazing history.
It is a Grade II listed building. In 1831 my ancestor six generations back, Nathan Arnison, bought an existing business that dated to 1742 and changed the name to N Arnison & Sons. The premises look down across Devonshire Street, which is the historic main shopping street in Penrith. Before our time, the grandparents of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, William and Ann Cookson, lived here. He was a linen draper.

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