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Newcastle's old borough markets, with Rundles Workrooms.

Rundles: A Novocastrian tailoring institution

The Novocastrian tailoring institution of Rundles began in 1908 when founder Richard Thomas Rundle set up business in Thorn Street, later moving to 108 Hunter Street. Rundle saw the potential of sewing machines to speed up suit manufacture before many other tailors and found a profitable niche.

In December 1939 Mrs C.E.A. Rundle bought the Hunter Street building formerly occupied by the Lane and Trewartha store. She moved her tailoring business into half the new premises on Christmas Eve of that year.

The old Lane and Trewartha building in Hunter Street, before being bought by Rundles.
The former Lane and Trewartha building, after being converted by Rundles.

Mrs Rundle died in August 1949, leaving her shares in the business to R.L. and N.D. Rundle.
In 1950 the firm expanded again, buying three adjoining shops, and in 1952 Rundles became a public company. In 1959 the firm bought the old Hall and Son grocery warehouse on Scott Street and in 1973 the manufacturing division was expanded with the lease of 15000 sq ft of factory space at 259 King St Newcastle.

Rundles staff photo, on Scott Street Newcastle, circa 1970s.

In the 1990s Rundles briefly closed, one of many victims of a changing industrial, business and social landscape. It re-opened in Hunter Street West, where it still operates today.

From our book, The Way We Worked.

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  1. Brian McGregor

    I had a few school suits from Rundles (Stamina, made from Crusader Cloth). They came with a little leather wallet.

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