N Arnison and Sons Penrith

N Arnison and Sons Penrith

N Arnison and Sons Penrith:

N Arnison and Sons Penrith, opened as family-run drapers in 1742 and, more than 275 years later, its seventh-generation owners are still clothing the men and women of Penrith.

Before the Arnison family took over the shop in Devonshire Street, it was home to William Wordsworth’s grandfather – William who was a linen draper.

N Arnison and Sons Penrith

William Wordsworth’s mother Anne died when he was 8, she was only 30 and is buried in St Andrew’s churchyard in Penrith though her grave is unmarked.

She had been on a trip to London with her lawyer husband – John and had caught pneumonia from sleeping in a damp bed.

She died here in her parents’ house next to the George Hotel in Devonshire Street. Her husband died five years later aged 42.

N Arnison and Sons Penrith

Incidentally, The George Hotel, formerly the George and Dragon Inn, also has a long history in Penrith as a coaching inn. 

The ‘Young Pretender’ Prince Charles Edward Stuart, stayed overnight here during his march south during the 1745 Jacobite uprising.

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