Angelo Smith & Son

Through the years

Everyday inspiration since 1876

A watercolour painting of Angelo Smith shop exterior.

1876

From Humble Beginnings The Early Days

Angelo Smith stands outside his shop.

The county of Suffolk is drenched in rich history and heritage - from famous artists to Saxon artefacts. But there can be few better living examples than a fourth generation jeweller in Sudbury Town centre, arguably the oldest independent retailer.

Nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, Angelo Newman Smith, the son of a local boot and shoemaker, finished his apprenticeship and opened his watchmaking and jewellery business in New Street, Sudbury within the beautiful Suffolk countryside. Angelo’s skilled craftsmanship and integrity ensured that his reputation grew and his business thrived. Within ten years he was able to move the business to the bustling high street of North Street, where its doors have remained open ever since. One notable identifier of the shop is the iconic clock that hangs outside, setting the time for the town. It was erected in 1886 at a cost of £25 (£3600 adjusted for 2022) and continued to run well into the turn of the new century. In the 1990’s the clock was replaced with a near-replica.

1900s

In Good Hands and going strong

Left: Peter Smith outside the shop. Right: Angelo Smith stands next to his seated wife.

The business was eventually succeeded by Angelo’s son, Sydney, and later by his son Peter. Under each, the selection of jewellery, watches and clocks grew ever larger, as did the shop premises itself!

Upon the passing of Peter Smith in 2007, the business has been proudly continued by John Hume who has been associated with the shop for close to fifty years. It is under his careful watch that the business has maintained the traditions that we know and love - such as hand written receipts and knowing all the regulars by name - as well as bringing the business up to date and embracing the modern world. His understanding of the right aspects to maintain and the right parts to update have ensured that the charm of an independent family business will continue to flourish for many more generations to come.

2000s

Hand Selected Just For You

John Hume stands outside the shop

Today the showroom offers a fine and extensive collection of jewellery, clocks, and silverware, more than sufficient to indulge the friend or relative who “has everything”. Collectively, John Hume and his tight-knit staff have close to 200 years’ experience and are always willing to advise on any area of the jewellery and watch trade.

Jewellery is carefully selected and designed in order to suit all tastes and budgets, from a child’s first signet ring to an exquisite hand-made bespoke item. The treasury of antiques and previously loved jewellery is second-to-none and includes items sourced from all over the country, therefore sure to suit the most discerning of clients. The extensive range of watches includes well-loved brands such as Royal, Victorinox, Mondaine and Lotus.


A visit to the historic market town of Sudbury cannot be complete until you have visited the oldest independent business - Angelo Smith & Son - you’ll be certain to return!

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