Charles Albert Turner entered the drapery trade as an apprentice to Mr. Slack of Market Place, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. He also worked at Cockayne's in Sheffield.
The business in Attercliffe was started in about 1889 when he rented premises at 685 High Street (Attercliffe Road) and opened The Shirt House selling a range of clothing and household items. By about 1893 he had moved to larger premises at no. 691 and the original shop was eventually given up. The new shop was in a 3 storey building which provided living accommodation for Mr and Mrs Turner and their four children on the upper floors and also storage space in the attic. During the 1920s Turner's again expanded until by 1928 they had occupied the adjacent shops at nos. 693-697. The premises were modernised by removing internal partitions and no. 691 dealt with men's wear, 693-695 with soft furnishings and 697 with ladies and children's wear.
Charles Turner died in 1930 and the business passed to his youngest son, Harold Henry Turner, who was helped in the shop by his sister Ann Elizabeth. Harold Turner retired in 1961.
Original at Sheffield Local Studies Library: 658.87 SSTF.
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