For over 150 years, in the heart of the stunning High Peaks of Derbyshire, Hargreaves and Son have been trading in Fine China, Crystal and Glass, since first opening it's doors to customers in Higher Buxton, on Eagle Parade in 1865.
Ever since that day, four generations of the same family have made Hargreaves their life's passion. It's a proud heritage, one we're privileged and honoured to continue; delivering the same customer service and knowledge that our forbears provided, that time honoured understanding of our products, our customers and also new and upcoming trends and tastes.
The handsome four storied store now located on Spring Gardens, Buxton was bought from Chatsworth's Duke of Devonshire estate in 1923 and has expanded over the subsequent decades diversifying yet remaining true to Mrs Sarah Hargreaves original business plan, to offer quality, value, and variety.
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This is our earliest photograph, circa 1865, of founder Mrs Alice A. Hargreaves (born 1831) standing proudly in the entrance of the original shop on Eagle Parade, Higher Buxton.
In the late 1880's the buildings and shops on Eagle Parade were demolished and the grand colonnade was built on its location. Fortunately, the shop owner had nice new premises to move back into. There was also a watch repair shop above Hargreaves which is why there is a large clock over the shop windows.
This rather grand delivery van made many trips to Stoke-on-Trent to collect ceramics from famous manufacturers and from our Hargreaves Hardura Hotelware decorating factory on Longton. Full of heavy ceramics, it had to weave to get up the hill at Upperhulme on the way home! This photo was taken upon the day of collection, parked up just outside the entrance to the Palace Hotel. Note the telephone number 83 which we still retain today (now 23083).
The start of the 20th Century saw many changes at Hargreaves. Alice Hargreaves sadly died in 1906 and her son Sam ended his role in the Company. Local entrepreneur H.R.P. Lomas invested in the company relocated to 14 Spring Gardens (where Charles Wilkinson china and glass merchant once stood). The business acquired the whole premises at a later date and with two entrances it became 16-18 when the street was renumbered.
Charles Holmes Snr was brought in as manager from the Quin & Actons department store in Brixton, London. He brought with him his three sons Charles, Leonard and Percival with all three of them taking over running 2 branches in Stockport as well as the Buxton shop.
In 2015 we celebrated 150 years of trading of which we are very proud. We couldn't have got this far without the support of many generations on Buxtonians and visitors to the town.
The town is in revival with the Crescent Hotel bringing the Roman spa to the fore.
And we will be here to continue giving first class service with our award winning store and cafe.
We look forward to seeing you very soon!