Items from S Johnson and Son may go on show at Chesterfield Museum

Items from a legendary Chesterfield shop which has shut after 129 years may be bound for the town's museum.

Tuesday, 15th August 2017, 3:29 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 11:57 am
A closing down sale was held at S Johnson and Son last month.

Ironmongers S Johnson and Son, which was part of Chesterfield since 1888, closed its doors for the final time earlier this month.

Now, an array of things - including signage, lightbulbs and an ironmongers brochure from the store - could go on show at Chesterfield Museum.

S Johnson and Son shut after Phil Johnson - the fourth generation of ironmongers at the shop - died suddenly at his Chesterfield home aged 88 in January.

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Mr Johnson's daughter, Liz Walters, who was a director of the historic business, said she was in contact with staff from the town's museum about a possible display.

"We'd be absolutely delighted if they could do this," she said.

"We could have kept all the items to ourselves but we don't want to do that.

"It would be really nice if we could share them with people."

Mr Johnson's great-grandfather, Samuel, and grandfather, Edward, established the well-known, much-loved store 129 years ago.

The shop - which stocked a whole host of items including fire bricks, mousetraps and brooms - was the only one in Chesterfield to sell paraffin by the litre.

Mr Johnson's other daughter, Jenny Tann, said that changing buying habits had made it increasingly difficult for shops like theirs to survive.

The Johnson family would like to thank everyone for their kind words following the closure of the business and their loyal custom over the last 129 years.

The Chatsworth Road building has now been sold. It is not yet known what the future holds for it.