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Encyclopedia > William Foyle

William Foyle (18851963) co-founded Foyles bookshop in 1903 with his brother, Gilbert Foyle. 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Foyles Foyles (more properly W & G Foyle Ltd. ... 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


The eldest son of a Shoreditch grocer, William attended King's College London with his brother Gilbert. After failing their Civil Service examinations in 1902 the brothers advertised their used textbooks for sale. They were delighted by the scale of demand so established their business as second hand booksellers, initially from their mother's kitchen table. The following year they moved to a small shop in Cecil Court before moving again to the Charing Cross Road site in 1906. Kings College London in London is the largest and second longest serving member college in the federal University of London, with 21,300 registered students (2003-04). ... Cecil Court is a short pedestrian street in London between Charing Cross Road and St. ... Charing Cross Road, London, looking North from its junction with Long Acre. ...


Foyle styled himself "the Barnum of books". He told absurd stories at his own expense and some of them were true. Needing money for a new window blind, he put a box by the till labelled "For the Blind". He sold books by weight at tuppence a pound. When the shop sued the pope for non-payment of a Foyles's Catholic Book Club subscription (due to an accounting error by the shop) he made sure that the press knew of it. When Hitler decreed that all Jewish books were to be burned, Foyle offered to buy them all instead. Barnum is the name of several places in the United States: Barnum in Iowa Barnum in Minnesota Barnum Township in Minnesota. ...


His daughter, Christina Foyle, joined the business in 1929. She subsequently took over management of the shop upon her father's retirement in 1945. Categories: Possible copyright violations ...


Foyle lived with his remarkable library at Beeleigh Abbey near Maldon, Essex. After his daughter's death his library was sold at Christie's auction house for £12.6 million in July 2000. This was the highest sum ever realised by a booksale and as of 2005 the catalogue for the sale is valued at £50.00. Beeleigh Abbey was constructed in 1180 for the White Canons otherwise known as the Norbertine. ... Bold textItalic textLink title:See also Malden. ... Essex is a county in the East of England. ... The Christies auction house in South Kensington, London Christies is a world-famous auction house located in London. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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Christina Foyle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (305 words)
Miss Foyle (as she liked to be called) started working at her father's bookshop (Foyles, on Charing Cross Road in London's West End) at age 17 after leaving a Swiss finishing school, and never left.
She managed to keep Foyles alive while many other bookshops were closing under the growing pressure from online booksellers and kept it going even when Tim Waterstone opened his first shop right next door.
Christina Foyle was related to Charles Henry Foyle, inventor of the "folding carton" and founder of Boxfoldia.
Foyle (UK Parliament constituency) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (608 words)
Foyle is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The seat was created in boundary changes in 1983, as part of an expansion of Northern Ireland's constituencies from 12 to 17, and was predominantly made up from the old Londonderry constituency.
The name comes from the River Foyle which the city lies on and is used to avoid the contentious names of Derry or Londonderry, as well as to cover the areas of County Tyrone that were originally in the constituency.
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