Gowan Jewellers – the history of 3 Bell Street premises.
1841 - Thomas Pratt aged 60 was a Watchmaker living & working in the premises on what was then known as Cock Street .
By 1851 William Pratt, aged 49 with his son George Pratt aged 24 took over the premises.
William was a journeyman watchmaker and by 1861 the premises, then number 29 Cock Street, is listed as Watchmaker's Shop.
Approx 1905 - Ashwell & Chambers Jewellers.
This became 'Ashwells' and then 'Lincolns'.
February 1988 - Joanne opens
The Gowan Gallery.
1990’s - art, contemporary crafts and jewellery
Joanne stands in front of the small workshop area within the shop.
The workshop moves into an adjoining premises at the back
Into the 21st Century - contemporary & classic quality
The interior is opened up, new showcases, wooden flooring and when the fireplace beam is exposed it reveals the date 1707
2011 - a new look and a new name
A design consultation area is incorporated.
2018 - the workbench moves into the retail space so clients can see Joanne at work.
2021 - Sally & Emma take over the premises
File and Forge Jewellery School