Established One Hundred and Sixty Five Years........



........well we were when Samuel Pepys wrote:

"Great fears of the Sickenesses here in the City, it being said that two or three houses are already shut up. God preserve us all."

"But now, how few people I see, and those walking like people that have taken leave of the world...."

In those days Arthur Beale was called John Buckingham. Graces Guide to British Industry has Arthur Beale established around 1500 so we were a very well established ropemaker when the Great Plague struck London. The first cases were only yards from our shop. The company got through those hard times and we plan to get through this one too.

With the shop closed we have had to furlough many of our wonderful staff. In order for Arthur Beale to survive, we have decided to keep a low key online operation underway. The staff will walk or cycle to work to ensure we don't add to the pressure on public transport.  We will be making some improvements to our website and we will make regular posts on Instagram and Facebook to try to encourage you to make a small but interesting purchase to bring a smile to your face. At the same time you will be helping a long established small independent company to get through a difficult time.

In the meantime, do take care.

Update on our response Covid-19 - The Shop is Closed, but we're Open Online

Update on our response Covid-19 - The Shop is Closed, but we're Open Online
We have decided to extend our weekend closure into next week and beyond, until we feel it is safe to reopen. We are constantly following the updated Government and World Health Organisation's advice, as well as taking into consideration the safety of our valued staff who travel in to work using public transport, leading us to come to this decision. Please do continue to support us and shop with us online and, despite the shop being closed, we will continue to answer all your phone calls and...

Arthur Beale Closed this Weekend – Unless You Need Something!

Arthur Beale Closed this Weekend – Unless You Need Something!

We’ve never seen Shaftesbury Avenue so quiet, and we’re sorry to say that because of this we won’t be opening the shop this Saturday or Sunday – UNLESS you need to come in and pick something up! If you do, just drop us a line by phone (0207 836 9034), email (sales@arthurbeale.co.uk) or pigeon* before Friday at 1900 and we can arrange for someone to let you in. Extra attention from the staff is...

What planets are they from?

What planets are they from?
Corona Virus is just one of those problems we have to cope with but Arthur Beale also has to contend with the thoughtless actions of the Local Council and our Letting Agents! Neal Street, just around the corner from Arthur Beale, is described as “one of the most eclectic streets for shopping in London” yet when I took a stroll down the street just before Christmas there were 16 empty shops. Most were dressed up with fancy graphics saying “Exciting Retail Opportunity” but let’s face the facts,...
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Classic Boater of the Year Awards - Vote Now!

Classic Boater of the Year Awards - Vote Now!
Sara and Will Stirling have been nominated for the Classic Boat Awards 2020. Are Will and Sara Stirling Britain’s busiest boatbuilding couple? They run two boatyards – No 1 Covered Slip in Plymouth and Treluggan Boatyard in Cornwall – and are looking at a third, but it’s nothing new to Sara, who set up and ran, for 12 years, the well-known Working Sail yard. Both are trained boatbuilders, both have MAs in maritime history, and, if that weren’t enough, Will just completed his seventh Arctic...
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Iceland, Greenland, Faroes and Jan Mayen Information Day at the Cruising Association

ICELAND, GREENLAND, FAROES, JAN MAYEN INFORMATION DAY Saturday 7 th March 2020 1100 to approx. 1545 At CA House, 1 Northey Street, Limehouse Basin, London E14 8BT Principal speaker: Michael Henderson together with experienced Arctic and Northern Waters sailors Helen Gould and Alasdair Flint. Have you thought about a great exploration? Whether you are intending to sail to these waters and want to learn all you need to know or would like to enjoy seeing nature in its raw beauty but from the comfort of a chair in CA's Assembly Room - this is the day for you. EVERYONE WELCOME . Admission: CA...
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Our New Arctic Sea Boot Socks Have Arrived!

Our New Arctic Sea Boot Socks Have Arrived!
These wool socks are NATO approved for extreme cold weather expeditions. Proven in the Arctic by the Swedish Army. made from British Wool with polyamide for long lasting strength. The extra thick terry knit provides maximum warmth and softness. Ideal for seaboots or any outdoor cold weather activity. Available from the shop today and online from Monday. Only £19.50.
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