Charing Cross Road, London

The Foyle brothers (William and Gilbert) founded the ‘Foyles’ business in 1903. Both of the brothers had failed their entrance exams for the Civil Service and hit upon the idea of selling their textbooks from home. Soon after, they opened a small shop in Peckham with their first ‘West End’ shop opening in Cecil Court in 1904. They had moved to Charing Cross Road by 1906.
Image: Allan Hailstone (1950s)
By December 2017, the Foyles business had moved to another location in Charing Cross Road and the former site was being redeveloped.
Image: © Steven Miell (TimeViews)
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