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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.