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Celebrating 130 years of Ryman!

Ryman Through The Years

As Ryman celebrate their 130th anniversary this year,  what better time to reflect on the history of Ryman and how they’ve come to be the UK’s leading high-street store for all of your stationery needs.

In the bustling city of London in 1893, our founder Mr. Henry J. Ryman opened the doors to his first store on Great Portland Street and there is still a store there today. The first week of takings amounted to £13, which is the equivalent of roughly £1,400 in today’s currency. Just 19 years after opening in 1912, Ryman had extended the Great Portland Street shop twice and acquired 4 stores in different locations around London.

Interesting Facts about Ryman!

  • The London Blitz destroyed Great Portland St and two other branches received direct hits. All of the other London stores were damaged, however, none of this affected the business to any great extent.
  • Queen Victoria reigned when our first store opened.
  • The legal school leaving age was 10 years old.
  • We currently have over 200 stores across the UK.
  • Ryman had originally opened as a book printer, however, this quickly changed to focus on selling stationery.
  • We were the first stationer to introduce the concept of colour to filing, with both cabinets and folders.

Almost 130 years after opening their doors on Great Portland St, Ryman are proud to say they’ve come a long way. Whilst still offering the usual stationery and office necessities, Ryman recognise how the world has changed and the freedom we now have to express ourselves. This is why they’ve created a one-stop shop for all of the stationery enthusiasts, artists, and professional customers looking for something a little more unique and fashionable.

Read more via the blog post HERE.

Visit Ryman at 55-56 North St, Brighton BN1 1RH.

Phone: 01273 775306