Pryce Pryce-Jones

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Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones (16 October 1834 – 11 January 1920) was a Welsh entrepreneur who formed the first mail order business, revolutionising how products were sold.wikipedia
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Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones (16 October 1834 – 11 January 1920) was a Welsh entrepreneur who formed the first mail order business, revolutionising how products were sold.
The Welsh entrepreneur Pryce Pryce-Jones set up the first modern mail order in 1861.

Newtown, Powys

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Pryce-Jones was born in Llanllwchaiarn, just outside Newtown, Montgomeryshire.
Built by Pryce Pryce-Jones, the Pryce Jones Royal Welsh Warehouse remains the tallest building in Newtown.

Woollen industry in Wales

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Newtown had always had a woollen industry and it was the local Welsh flannel which formed the mainstay of Pryce-Jones' business.
The Cambrian Mirror reported that, "There are now more than 40 carding engines, 18 fulling mills, and nearly 35,000 spindles, constantly in operation in the town and neighbourhood, affording considerable employment to a number of men, who weave the flannel at their own dwellings.Pryce Pryce-Jones of Newtown began a mail-order business in flannels in 1859, a very innovative move for the time.He was at first extremely successful, and the London and North Western Railway ran a daily service with special vans to carry his products to Euston station in London.Between 1850 and 1870 the mill owners in Llanidloes and Newtown invested heavily in buildings and steam-powered machinery.They hoped that the railway, which reached the towns between 1861 and 1863, would give them access to new markets.In fact, the railway caused mass-produced goods from northern England to flood into central Wales.

Montgomery (UK Parliament constituency)

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He was also elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for Montgomery from 1885 to 1886, and from 1892 to 1895.

Wales

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Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones (16 October 1834 – 11 January 1920) was a Welsh entrepreneur who formed the first mail order business, revolutionising how products were sold.

Woolen

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Creating the first mail order catalogues – which consisted of woollen goods – for the first time customers could order by post, and the goods were delivered by railway.

Mail

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Creating the first mail order catalogues – which consisted of woollen goods – for the first time customers could order by post, and the goods were delivered by railway.

Rail transport

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Creating the first mail order catalogues – which consisted of woollen goods – for the first time customers could order by post, and the goods were delivered by railway.

Florence Nightingale

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Pryce-Jones became hugely successful in the United Kingdom, with his high profile customers including Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria. He built up an impressive list of customers – among them Florence Nightingale as well as Queen Victoria, the Princess of Wales and royal households across Europe.

Flannel

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Newtown had always had a woollen industry and it was the local Welsh flannel which formed the mainstay of Pryce-Jones' business. His business also took off overseas, selling Welsh flannel to the rest of Europe, the United States followed by Australia.

Llanllwchaiarn

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Pryce-Jones was born in Llanllwchaiarn, just outside Newtown, Montgomeryshire.

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Pryce-Jones became hugely successful in the United Kingdom, with his high profile customers including Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria. He built up an impressive list of customers – among them Florence Nightingale as well as Queen Victoria, the Princess of Wales and royal households across Europe.

Alexandra of Denmark

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He built up an impressive list of customers – among them Florence Nightingale as well as Queen Victoria, the Princess of Wales and royal households across Europe.

Conservative Party (UK)

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He was also elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for Montgomery from 1885 to 1886, and from 1892 to 1895.

Member of parliament

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He was also elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for Montgomery from 1885 to 1886, and from 1892 to 1895.

High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire

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In 1891, Pryce-Jones became the High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire.

Architecture of Wales

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Much restored by A B Phipson for Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones as a two-storey three bay house.

Cambrian Mills

The mills owed their success to the pioneering mail order business of the local Newtown draper Pryce Pryce-Jones.

Direct marketing

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The Welsh entrepreneur Pryce Pryce-Jones set up the first modern mail order in 1861.

Retail

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In 1861, Welsh draper Pryce Pryce-Jones sent catalogues to clients who could place orders for flannel clothing which was then despatched by post.

Harry Beadles

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As a child, he attended a local board school as his parents were keen on him receiving an education due to the economic climate in the area, but he was forced to leave at the age of twelve in order to help support his family and he instead took up employment at a local warehouse, owned by Pryce Pryce-Jones, as a furrier.

Sleeping bag

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The "Euklisia Rug", from Ancient Greek εὖ (well) and κλισία (cot, sleeping-place), patented by mail-order pioneer Pryce Pryce-Jones in 1876, may have been the first forerunner of the modern sleeping bag.