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Documents in the recently opened archives of Henry Poole & Co, the famous Savile Row tailors, reveal that Winston Churchill had an ongoing dispute with the firm over a bill for £197. Although the tailors made clothes for Churchill for years, including his formal attire when he was a senior British politician, the relationship ended in 1937 over the unpaid bill. Churchill refused to pay and became so annoyed with their demands for payment that he “took umbrage and quit” their patronage. His last business with the tailors was repairs to a yachting cap. James Sherwood, Henry Poole’s historian, commented, “He never did pay, and never came back – he never forgave us.” Articles on the opening of the archives are available from the Daily Telegraph and Independent. The Henry Poole web site has a page on the archives that includes two images of the Churchill entry in their ledger books.

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