Readers of a certain vintage will recall this long-standing Newcastle store.

Isaac Walton & Co sat at the top end of Grainger Street for decades.

Our image, courtesy of Newcastle Libraries, was taken in 1970.

Generations of Tyneside customers bought their clothes at the highly regarded tailors and outfitters.

The business opened in 1887.

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Our advertisement, from the Evening Chronicle in 1907, gives an idea of what was on offer during a sale at the store just 20 years after its inception.

There were 'most liberal reductions', with 'all hosiery, shirts and hats greatly reduced'.

And what about those Edwardian prices? A gentleman's suit for 17/11 (less than £2 in today's money) or a boy's suit for 4/11 (around 25p today).

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Much later, in the decades after the Second World War, children would be taken to the prestigious store by their parents to be fitted with school uniforms.

One former employee, Sylvia, contacted the Chronicle to fondly recall working at Isaac Walton.

She was employed in the Grainger Street store in the early 1960s for three years after leaving school and said it was a “brilliant place to work”.

An advert for Newcastle clothing store Isaac Walton, Evening Chronicle, January 1907

Sylvia worked in tailoring services as an alteration hand and was managed by Mr Ogilvy. She mainly did suit alterations but she also had to sew leathers on to riding jackets and braids on to sailor uniforms.

She recalled the intricacies of the job: “Mr Morris, one of the tailor men, showed me one of his tricks of the trade which meant customers came back for an extra fitting.

"We had to put big tacks down the sleeves and sides of suit jackets, as well as down the suit trouser legs to make it look like the suit wasn’t finished when really it was.

Isaac Walton doorway markings, Grainger Street, Newcastle, today

“I also learned how to felt collars on men’s suits. When a man tried on suit, we had to push our hand up the collar and if we could feel a bump of material we had to unpick the collar and push the bump up into the collar and resew it by hand.”

Over the years, the business occupied three different sites on Grainger Street.

In fact, venture there today and an attractive black and white doorway mosaic as you enter the Grainger Market is a physical reminder of Isaac Walton's former presence there.

Happily in 2021, from its modern Westgate Road base, Isaac Walton Tailoring is still delivering bespoke, top-end clothing.

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