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Sir George Moore Chamberlin (1846 – 1928) was a prominent Norfolk businessman. The firm of Chamberlin & Sons (created in 1815) owned a large department store in Guildhall Hill in Norwich, as well as a textile factory in Botolph Street, Norwich, which specialised in the manufacture of waterproof clothing.

Business career

As well as being managing director of the extensive family firm, which not only ran the huge drapers' and furnishers' shop but also several clothing and carpet factoriess in the city, he also was director of other business in Norwich, including Norwich Union Life and Fire Offices. Also of businesses in London, including Swan & Edgar in Regent Street, as well as hotels in Bournemouth and Brighton.

Political career

Sir George (he was knighted in 1919) also was heavily involved in charitable and philanthropic institutions, including the Association of Trade Protection Societies of which he was president for many years. He was a JP, mayor of Norwich in 1891 and 1916 and lord mayor[1] in 1918, the title having been upgraded by then. He held at various times the positions of Chief Magistrate, Sheriff, Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor and Lord Mayor of Norwich, and Deputy Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Norfolk.


[1] The Mayors, Lord Mayors and Sheriffs of Norwich, Norfolk.


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