The shop has hardly changed since it opened in the 1890s, some of the products are a bit more modern, and the shop’s got a little bigger, but we're still the same traditional hardware store.

Mr T and shop manager Steve doing what they do best.

Mr T and shop manager Steve doing what they do best.

There has been a hardware store in Fortescue Road since the 1890’s. 

This proper old fashioned hardware store has only ever had 3 owners.  It was started by Mr Orchard, who ran the shop until Mr Tiley took over in the 1950’s.  Mr Thomson took it on in the 1970’s and it is still family run.  Known to all our loyal customers as 'Mr T', Mr Thomson is now in his 90’s, but he is still 'the boss' and no matter the question, he will usually have the answer.

Of course Mr T has a team of helpers nowadays...

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Jo Milling

Mr T’s daughter has been involved with the shop for 45 years, and took the reins in 2008.  She is a keen DIYer at home and has lots of expertise in painting, decorating and home maintenance. She can advise on all those tricky cleaning jobs, even the nasty ones!   She is also a keen cook and can help you find just the right cookware.

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Steve WreN

The manager.  Steve started with the business in 2007 having worked in garden centres and DIY stores all his working life. Steve has a wealth of expertise with a special interest in gardening. He’s great at tracking down those hard to find products and is always happy to help - feel free to pop in and give him a challenge!


Paula Harding

Joined the business in 2016 having worked for many years with the Co-op. Paula looks after the gift department and creates the eye catching displays in this area.


Alistair Milling

Mr T’s grandson. Alistair works on Saturdays whilst he’s studying for A Levels and is learning the business.