Sinclairs began life in 1949 when Edna Sinclair opened shop in Watergate, Doncaster, selling china and crystal when it was still in short supply after the war. 

She specialised in wares from factories such as Johnson Bros and Poole pottery, which were on allocation and came delivered by British Rail in wire crates packed with straw.

The business developed as chinaware became more readily available, moving to Georgian House, an imposing Georgian building at the top of Hallgate, in Doncaster, in the late 1950s.

Sinclairs Shop in Doncaster on May 1962 - Copyright from Dubdee on Flickr

In the 1960s the second generation of Sinclairs forged their own paths in the china business. John Sinclair opened his first shop on Glossop Road, in Sheffield, in 1967. The shop initially occupied a small part of a Regency terrace and was gradually expanded with the addition of a kitchenware shop and a luxury leather department. 

In 2004 the decision was taken to renew the building for the 21st Century. A multi-award winning, bespoke building, was completed in 2006 and Sinclairs re-opened as a fashion led mini department store.

The New Sinclair Building at 266 Glossop Road

Sinclairs also expanded further afield with a second Sinclairs store in Stamford and a specialist Herend & Meissen Porcelain store in Kensington, London along with Cook N Dine, a cookware factory outlet shop at Lakeside Village in Doncaster.

Meissen & Herend Specialist Store | European Porcelain | Kensington | London


Cook N Dine - Doncaster Lakeside Village


Sinclairs is still a family run business, now overseen by John Sinclairs son, Cristian. For 50 years Sinclairs has been one of the country's leading independent china, crystal and luxury leather goods specialists and our staff have over 40 years of experience and knowledge of the world's finest brands.


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