The Tom Bowling Lamp?

In our Arthur Beale archive we have a few old Beale catalogues. Actually we still have the printing blocks! Many of the products in this 1959 catalogue are still stocked. We still sell this lovely and very practical lamp but nowadays we just call it a Globe Lamp. I was intrigued by the Tom Bowling reference so I did a bit of research. I discovered that this lamp was the very first product made by the car parts giant Lucas! It was made in a factory called The Tom Bowling Lamp Works and patented...

The Sea Chart by John Blake

Wednesday 4th May 1845. Entrance Free! We have a great talk coming up this Wednesday 4th May! I find sea charts completely fascinating and so I am really looking forward this talk. John Blake served in the Royal Navy and in the Reserve for nearly 16 years as an executive and navigating officer, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During his naval time he served extensively in sea-going ships and qualified as a navy underwater diver and a naval air defence specialist. On leaving the...

The Shackleton Evening

21st April 2016 Alexandra Shackleton tells us about the epic small boat journey undertaken by her grandfather. It was almost exactly 100 years ago when Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail from Elephant Island to South Georgia. As an excuse to hold an event on a convenient Wednesday, Ian from the Shackleton Company decided that the 21st April was the exact day that Shackleton announced the departure to his crew. Alexandra Shackleton, who is a stickler for facts, gave Ian a bit of a ticking off for...

Flints Theatrical Chandlers New Catalogue Launch

14th June All day but refreshments from 18:00 We will be displaying a range of new products from our sister company "Flints Theatrical Chandlers" upstairs at Arthur Beale and will be handing out the freshly printed 2016 -2017 Flints Catalogues. There will be some drinks and nibbles too. Although this event is aimed at our theatre friends everyone who is intrigued is very welcome. We will be closing at about 21:00.

An illustrated talk by Tom Cunliffe - "Hand, Reef and Steer - Good Times and Bad in Gaff Rig"

15th September 18:45 Tom launches the all new second edition of his best selling book! We are delighted to have Tom Cunliffe back to give us a brand new illustrated talk on the joys and evils of sailing gaff rigged boats. It is also the launch of his wonderful new edition of Hand Reef and Steer which is probably the best book written on traditional sailing. This will be an informative and, knowing Tom, entertaining evening. Please book early. Entrance £5.00 (refundable with any purchase over £15.00 - May we suggest a copy of the book!). Please email to reserve your...

Upstairs at Arthur Beale for the Famous Breton Tops

Arthur Beale has been selling the classic Breton tops for many years. The history of these striped shirts is very interesting. The blue and white tops with 21 stripes were introduced following the Act of France on 27 th March 1858 as the standard uniform for Brittany Navy Seamen. They were known as matelot or marinière. Apparently the 21 stripes represented each of the Napoleon victories. The tops were made in the small Normandy village of Saint James which was established by William the...

​The Ashley Book of Knots – by Clifford W Ashley

It is back! It amazes me that it ever goes out of print but I think it has happened a few times. I reckon it is a cunning ploy to get people like us to put “It is back!” on our blogs. After all I don’t suppose “It is still here” is very newsworthy. I suppose everyone knows the book, but just in case someone has actually managed to get through life without stumbling across the epic then - This is the Bible of Knots. First published in 1944 and reprinted many times. This new edition has been...