The Partnership's own farm

John Spedan Lewis walking across fields at Leckford August, 1941 Ref-4408/p

John Spedan Lewis founded the John Lewis Partnership in 1929 after the death of his father who had set up his first drapery shop on Oxford Street in London in 1864.  Spedan was a very keen naturalist, he had been interested in animals, birds and insects from an early age and when the opportunity arose for him to move to the Hampshire countryside with his wife and family he bought Leckford Abbas and much of the surrounding land.  He then set about turning the estate into part of his Partnership, allowing those employed on the estate to benefit from Partnership Bonus in the same way as those employed in his shops.


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  • Dear Richard,

    Apologies, I have searched our archives and unfortunately I have been unable to find any references to your great grandfather. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further enquiries.

    All the best,

    By imogen (06/07/2020)
  • To Whom it May Concern,
    I am a relative of Arthur Gordon, who was Mr. Lewis’s chauffeur in the 1930’s -1940’s. I’m wondering if there are any references to his employment at Leckford Abbas (fmrly Leckford Abbess).

    Best Regards,

    Richard Perkins

    Son of Andrew Perkins, son of Eric Hamilton Francis, son of Arthur Gordon & Dorothy Zillah Francis

    By Richard Perkins (30/06/2020)

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