When proprietor Andrew Campin retires after 60 years of service, the Martin Wilkinson Jewellers store in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, which can be seen in the picture, will close its doors.
Both World Wars were able to pass by without interrupting Martin Wilkinson's life and work. During this time, they became well-known for maintaining bomber command wristwatches, which were critical for precision bombing raids over Germany from 1939 until 1945.
These watches were used by the Allies. During this time period, this placed Martin Wilkinson's workshop in a tie for second place as the highest-rated facility in the nation.
They are pleased to provide customers with the opportunity to commission one-of-a-kind pieces of fine and classic jewelry that are fashioned using the most exquisite diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and a variety of other precious stones.
They also sell gorgeous wedding, engagement, and eternity ringsthat you can wear on your special day to ensure that everything goes as well as possible. They have a variety of styles available in the shop, and they can also personalize each ringso that it is unique to the wearer, just like you are.
Martin Wilkinson also carries a wide selection of reputable fashion jewelry and watch brands in its inventory.
Some of these brands include Clogau Goldof Wales, Vivienne Westwood Jewellery and Watches, Calvin Klein, Linda Macdonald, Rotary Watches, TW Steel, Jersey Pearl, Unique & Co., and many others.
The shop, which opened in 1794 during the reign of King George III and became famous for its work during World War II on bomber command wristwatches, was established at that time.
On its website, it states, "With over 200 years experience we pride ourselves on our exceptional service that is professional and informative, yet personal and friendly"
As part of its "everything must go" sale, it is discounting everything in its inventory by at least fifty percent.
The current owner Andrew Campin, 80, said:
My three children all have their own careers. My eldest daughter is a partner in a doctor’s practice, my middle son is an armed police response officer, and my youngest daughter has a teaching job. None wish to carry on in the jewelry industry and that is understandable. I also have eight grandchildren and retiring will allow me to spend more time with them.- Andrew Campin
In 1794, the retail establishment known then as Coral made its debut in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
Martin Wilkinson purchased the business in the late 1800s and promptly changed its name to be consistent with the one he had already established in Newark. In the early 1930s, Andrew's father Edgar took control of the business.
During World War Two, the shop serviced and repaired twenty watches per week for the Royal Air Force (RAF) aircrews.
It's a combination of things that made me think that now is the right time to go. Particularly as I have a number eight at the beginning of my age now. Will I be upset when it closes? I do think it will hit me harder when it has actually happened.- Andrew Campin
"At this stage though I'm looking forward to it I'm not the kind of guy who sits on his bum and does nothing. I've moved into property development with my son-in-law, which will be something that will irritate my wife to death."
The firm's closing down sale will start on Saturday. Mr. Campin added:
We shall keep going until after Christmas. There's no question about that. Hopefully, that should allow us to sell the majority of our remaining stock. I lovemeeting the public and I've made some lovely friends on the way. I hope I've been able to put a smile on people's faces over the years.- Andrew Campin
Markin Wilkinson's page on Facebookposted a clarification saying:
"Please note we are not closing (Newark). It is Martin Wilkinson at Mansfield that is closing which is a completely separate business to ourselves. We wish the owners a happy retirement."
Martin Wilkinson Jewellers is a family-run (third generation) independent Jewellers. You can check out what they have to offer by utilizing the link provided above to navigate to this page and determine which of their products you would like to purchase from their online store.