Since its establishment by James Carr in 1820, Carrs Jewellers has proudly stood in the centre of Garstang high street, located in picturesque Lancashire. As one of the oldest running independent family businesses in the region, today it remains in the Carr family, seven generations on.
Tradition has it, Carrs Jewellers was born at Garstang’s weekly Thursday market when James Carr would set up his stall making and repairing watches and clocks, returning home in the evening to his wife and family in Chipping. However his wife, Mary, dreamed of owning their own establishment on Garstang high street.
‘Carrs’ was opened on the High Street in 1820 with James specialising in watch and clockmaking. Over the years with new generations taking the wheel, new specialisms were introduced including jewellery making by Simeon Carr, James’s Great Grandson, as well as trophy making and engraving by David Carr, James’s Great, Great, Great Grandson.
Around the surrounding areas of Lytham and Chorley, grandsons and great grandsons of James Carr established their own businesses making and repairing clocks, watches and jewellery. But over time only the one Garstang establishment remained and in the 1950’s after completing his apprenticeship at Leightons in Lancaster, David Carr joined his father, Sam in the family business and thus began its transformation into what we see today. In the 1980’s Carrs Jewellers continued to move in leaps and bounds with the introduction of David and Damian Carr.
As a 200 year old family business, continuous evolution and development is in our nature. However in a world of change, our core mission remains constant; to provide friendly, personal and professional service and to do the best we can for every customer, old or new.