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Historic London retailer Arthur Beale reopens at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Tom Shearsmith
12 July 2021

Arthur Beale, the 500-year-old iconic London Chandlery, has opened its first shop outside London at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, following the closure of its much-loved shop in the West End last month.

The Arthur Beale shop itself was renowned in London for its iconic shop windows and for its diverse range of products that included anything and everything necessary for a seafaring adventure - a one-stop shop for sailors.

The new shop at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will sell many of the same items including sailing jackets, their own Arthur Beale pullovers, ropes, shackles and everything in between for sailors.

The 3,000 sq ft store will sit alongside the world-renowned IBTC Portsmouth, a traditional wooden boatbuilding college, where members of the public can watch students restoring historic vessels, and the Trust’s collection of historically significant small craft of the Royal Navy and the RAF.

Hugh Taylor, Managing Director of Arthur Beale said: “We are very excited to be opening our first shop outside London at this centre of historical naval history and have the chance to finally display our historic memorabilia. We will be selling all our Chandlery, sailing products and clothing at the beautiful shop we have here; we’re also launching a Click & Collect service by sea, whereby customers can moor at the pontoon at the Dockyard to collect their orders.”

Hannah Prowse, CEO of Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust added: “We are delighted to welcome Arthur Beale to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. As the landlords of the Dockyard, we believe passionately in supporting heritage businesses and in enhancing the living, breathing, vibrant atmosphere of the Dockyard. After all, where does a heritage Chandlery belong, if not in the heart of our naval heritage?”

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