BRITAIN'S OLDEST FAMILY JEWELLERS
When James Gatward first opened his doors for business in Hitchin as a watch and clock-maker in 1760 King George II was still on the throne. Over its long and colourful history, Gatwards has seen many changes and with over 260 years in business, this award-winning family business, is the oldest family jewellers in the UK and 28th oldest family business.
Today Gatwards of Hitchin is in its 8th generation with Charlotte Gatward taking the reins as her Aunt, Anna Gatward and mother Lisa Gatward have taken a back seat.
WATCH & CLOCK MAKERS
Originally watch and clock makers, examples of Gatwards work is still evident today. Bradly Gatward, Charlotte’s great grandfather, was the last member of the family to make clocks. When his son, Willson, died at only 59, the business was carried on by his widow Sylvia until his daughters Anna and Lisa took over the reins. With ladies at the helm, the emphasis moved towards jewellery and today, Gatwards is now renowned for fine diamonds & beautiful coloured gemstone jewellery.
The Gatwards buying team source jewellery from all over the world as well as here in the UK, providing the widest ranges to suit all tastes and budgets. Integrity and Trust are core values of the business and only the finest jewellery is hand selected from their conflict free and award-winning suppliers.
FINE JEWELLERY EXPERTS
Whatever you are looking for - whether its an engagement ring, an anniversary present, a landmark birthday, or just something special, the Gatwards team are here to serve and are committed to delivering an outstanding customer experience. Our aim is to “Put the Sparkle into buying jewellery” and we intend to continue that into the 9th generation and beyond. Every team member has been highly trained with many of our team members having achieved external qualifications in gemmology.
In recognition of our commitment to excellent customer service and high quality products, we were recently awarded Family Business United’s Retail Family Business of the Year with Anna Gatward also being awarded a Lifetime Achievement award for her 60 years in the business.
Having guided and advised customers through 8 generations of the same family, maybe your grandparents or even great-great grandparents shopped at Gatwards.
2022 Family Business Top 100
Charlotte Gatward is delighted to be included in the inaugural Family Business United ‘Family Business Top 100’. This award recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals and their work within the family business sector in respect of:
• Inspirational Leader
• Next Generation Member/Champion
• Family Business Steward
• Multi-Generational Family Business Leader
Gatwards is proud to be in the heart of Hitchin in the historic Market Square. For more information on the other attractions in Hitchin, have a look at the Visit Hitchin website: