Roysia Women's Club

PUBLISHED: 12:15 19 April 2007 | UPDATED: 15:05 12 May 2010

A TALK on the history of the Robert Sayle department store was given to members by Judy Faraday. She told how in 1838 Robert Sayle, the son of a Norfolk farmer, took a draper s apprenticeship, and in 1840 with £500, set up shop in Cambridge, selling linen

A TALK on the history of the Robert Sayle department store was given to members by Judy Faraday.

She told how in 1838 Robert Sayle, the son of a Norfolk farmer, took a draper's apprenticeship, and in 1840 with £500, set up shop in Cambridge, selling linen, silk, hosiery and straw bonnets.

He acquired other businesses, and supported education, sport, and leisure activities.

When he died in 1883 he left a £90,000 estate which was bought by three men in a consortium, and Robert Sayle is now in partnership with John Lewis.

A birthday card went to Marion Smith, and Joan Jacklin was welcomed back after being indisposed.

Members were told that a visit to the Houses of Parliament would be taking place later in the year, and the club's annual charity walk will be on May 14.

The club's next meeting will be on April 23 when Fiona Lucroft will speak on Wartime and 1950s Food.

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