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Wed May 12, 2021, 06:59 PM

Arthur Beale: Sailing goods business closes shop after 500 years

As many shops reopen due to the easing of lockdown, one of London's oldest and perhaps quirkiest businesses will close its store for good next month.

Arthur Beale in London's West End, a company formed as John Buckinghams 500 years ago, supplies goods and equipment to sailors and adventurers.

The current shop provided ropes to Tenzing Norgay and Eric Shipton for their first Everest expedition in 1935.

High rent and the pandemic are to blame for the doors being shut on 24 June.


Opened "around 1500". Back when they grew flax for the ropes in the area that's now central London.

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