In loving memory of John Fennell

“I am at a loss for words, we lost a very special man last week. John was not only a shareholder in The Design House, he was the heart of of it and always will be.  He was a mentor , teacher and a dear friend to us all “

We always said he needed to write a book as he was such a well of information and experience. He had started to write blogs for our web site, as you can see below –

Bev, our Managing Director and I have been associated with The Design House from its very conception, construction and financing. My experience in the clothing industry, from age eighteen was first in manufacturing and then,retailing where I became group general manager of Penneys Primark during its early years of expansion into Britain and Northern Ireland.

From its foundation in 1706 Dawson Street was a valuable barometer of the history of social and living conditions in the city. Number 43, now known as The Design House was one of the first dwellings on the street.

This was in a field purchased by Joshua Dawson, of Castledawson Co. Derry in 1705 from two London merchants.Within two years the street had been formed and construction of buildings commenced.

Contemporary Note – Lady Dawson of Castledawson and her daughter paid a visit to the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House last summer
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