Our magnificent mock-Tudor building on Great Marlborough Street was built in 1924 so trading could continue while renovations were being completed at the other Liberty premises. Designed by Edwin T. Hall and his son Edwin S. Hall, the iconic store was constructed from the timbers of two ships: HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan. The frontage at Great Marlborough Street is the same length as the Hindustan.
Designed at the height of the 1920s fashion for Tudor revival, the shop was engineered around three light wells. Each of these wells was surrounded by smaller rooms to create a homely feel, and many of the rooms had fireplaces - some of which still exist today - in order to create the feeling of being in your own home. Sadly, Arthur Liberty died in 1917, seven years before the completion of his shops.
Did you know?
- Our weathervane is an exact model of the Mayflower, which took 102 English pilgrims to New England, USA in 1620
- Dotted around the store are the shields of Shakespeare, Henry VIII’s six wives and many more
- The wise words underneath the clock at our Kingly Street entrance read "No minute gone comes back again, take heed and see ye nothing do in vain"