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Lost Rivers Of London

This evening some of us lucky ones are off to the launch of Nicholas Barton and Stephen Myers new edition of The Lost Rivers of London. A lot of painstaking new work has gone into this publication making it completely up to date and with a greater coverage of the lost rivers south of the Thames. It is lavishly illustrated and includes 44 maps. Stephen treated many of Arthur Beale's clients to a fascinating talk on the subject. We have the book in stock at Arthur Beale at a special price of just...
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Getting Technical

The snow has melted away from Arthur Beale's shop window display and it has got all serious. No more nick-nacks and games. The window is now stuffed full of gear which is unbelievably boring. This is the time of year when we simply have to get on with sorting out the boat ready for the new season. There is a smidgen of warmth in the sun so there is no reason why the primer shouldn't be sploshed over those bare patches below the waterline and the varnish sanded ready for a fresh coat. We have...

New Website Forums

After our highly successful Arctic Forum we decided to open up a website forum. Orginally it was just going to be a web based Arctic Forum but we got a bit carried away so we now have an Arctic Forum, a Classic and Wooden Boat Forum, a Ropes and Rigging Forum and a General Forum! Please feel free to use them for any enquiry that you feel might be of interest to a wider public. The forum can be found on the toolbar above. If you missed the Arctic Forum that we held on 3rd February then not too...

Shoplifting and poetry

It is always a great shame when something gets stolen from the shop but sadly it does sometimes happen. As a small trader trying to make ends meet is quite a struggle with the cost of West End rates so when gear goes missing it hits us hard. We don't lose too much from the shop but we suffered from a lot of pilfering at the London Boat Show. Steve, our expert at ropework of all kinds, hasn't been too well recently. Unknown to most people is the fact that Steve is a gifted poet, not in the...

Thames Path Flood Alert for London 1522 12th February 2016

We have just received this warning so if you are on your way to Arthur Beale don't forget your wellies! "The river flow at Teddington Weir is high for this time of year at 200 cubic metres per second and is steady. We anticipate the flows to remain high for the next 3 days. The forecast high tide level at Tower Pier will be 4.50mAOD at 16:30 GMT on 12 Feb 2016 with a high confidence and 4.50mAOD at 04:45 GMT on 13 Feb 2016 with a moderate confidence. Astronomical tide levels are falling....

The Arctic Forum and the NEW Website Arctic Forum

On Wednesday 3rd February we held our Arctic Forum. We were delighted that two of our clients who sailed to Svalbard last year were willing to give a presentation of their expeditions. Originally I envisaged a small gathering upstairs in the shop but soon the place reservations came in and we needed to book the wonderful church just over the road. We often use the hall at the back of the church but there was another meeting in there on a totally unrelated subject (maybe not!) so if any of you...

Mr Cecil Coleman

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Cecil Coleman. Many of you will have known him over the many years he worked, managed and owned Arthur Beale. He started working for the Company in 1956 and remained actively involved until last year – a truly remarkable 59 years. He started as a shop assistant and rose to become General Manager for many years before purchasing the company itself in 1994. His contribution to Arthur Beale cannot be understated. Without a doubt, if it hadn’t been...

Arthur Beale Arctic Forum

Wednesday 3rd February Don't miss this chance to learn from two experienced sailors who ventured to Spitsbergen last year on two seperate expeditions. We welcome everyone to our events so you don't need to be an expert to join in the fun. Gareth Watkins and Guillaume Danis will do a joint presentation of their seperate voyages. We will then open up to the floor for questions. Ask about Polar Bears, ice conditions, worst moments or whatever comes to mind. It will be an ideal opportunity for...

It's getting cold!

We are now back from the London Boat Show and trying to sort out all the stock! Arthur Beale is looking a bit like a bombsite but we should be shipshape very soon. Outside the temperatures are falling and people are really appreciating our Devold Expedition Merino Thermals. Devold was the choice of Acrtic explorers like Amundsen and Nansen for their Polar expedition. These thermals are soft, breathable, warmest by weight, won't hold odour and they are even warm when wet. Although they are the...

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