Christopher Pratts

From a single-room miner's cottage in Gunnerside, Swaledale to the largest and most lavish furniture store in the country at Regent Street, Leeds - Yorkshire, Christopher Pratts has come a long way in nearly 170 years.

Our founder, Christopher Pratt, was 11 years old when his recently widowed mother left the family cottage in the remote Dales village of Gunnerside to join her brothers in Bradford. Christopher's dad, a leadminer, had died in the treacherous conditions deep in the Swaledale mines - leaving his wife and 13 children without any income. It took Christopher's mother, two days to drag the entire family's possessions in a hand-cart to settle in Bradford.

At the age of 21, Christopher Pratt became an apprentice to cabinet maker Joseph Nutter, and 5 years later, in 1845, formed his own business. Quickly, the quality and craftsmanship of the furniture produced by Christopher - and eventually his sons - won over many new customers.