H&T Pawnbrokers celebrate turning 125 years old


H&T has come a long way from humble beginnings in 1897 when Mr Harvey and Mr Thompson first registered H&T Pawnbrokers Ltd. and opened 12 stores in London over the following few years.

H&T today is a UK-wide, FCA regulated business with over 260 high street locations throughout England, Scotland and Wales, trusted by over 100,000 new customers each year and growing.

H&T’s Liverpool - Belle Vale store (June 2022)
H&T’s Liverpool – Belle Vale store (June 2022)

It all began with pawnbroking and to this day it continues to be the core service offered in all stores, now accompanied by a host of others like travel money, gold purchase and cheque cashing. The retail operation has also expanded significantly across all stores (as well as online) offering excellent value new and pre-owned jewellery & Swiss watches. In fact, H&T is now the UK’s 6th largest jewellery retailer as of May 2021. (Source: Professional Jeweller)

H&T Pawnbrokers is a people-centric company with employees and customers at the core of the business. H&T currently employs over 1,400 colleagues across 260 stores and three support centres. Its high street presence in communities across the UK is an important part of maintaining the trust that H&T has built over its 125 years of service.

Lambeth Walk Store
View of Lambeth Walk Store, 1969. London Picture Archive ref: 89890  London Metropolitan Archive (City of London).

Chris Gillespie, H&T’s CEO said; A 125-year anniversary is a massive achievement for any business and I am immensely proud to be a part of H&T for this milestone. We have seen many changes over the course of our existence, especially in the last two decades where the pawnbroking industry has really started to evolve to meet the needs of a modern, changing society. This growth and evolution would not have been possible without the continued hard work and dedication of all our teams across the UK as well as the work going on behind the scenes from our support services. Our goal will always be to put the customer first and ensure we exceed their expectations each and every time. Here’s to the next 125 years!”

You can find out more about H&T’s 125 years of operation on its website as well as locating your closest store at handt.co.uk. 

H&T will be celebrating this milestone in store with events planned across the business. The retail division of the business has curated a range of jewellery to celebrate, which will be available in all stores and online, priced from £125, available here.

H&T’s 125-year curated jewellery range, available in-stores and online.

H&T’s 125-year curated jewellery range, available in-stores and online.