Cutlers and fancy goods stores

Does anyone recall Osborne Pearce, the very high class cutlers at 105 Western Road?

They opened early in the 1950s and ran for about twenty years or so. They also had a branch in the London Road; number 66 I think. They just seemed to vanish overnight.  Do you know what happened to them?

Osborne Pearce: 105 Western Road
From the private collection of Ron Charlton

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  • Since posting the above item, I have found that Mrs Olga Osbourne is still with us and living in Hove. Although almost blind, Mrs Osbourne is still leading a fairly active life. She was delighted to find that anyone still remembered the old shops.

    By Ron Charlton (22/08/2009)
  • I remember this shop very well. I’m pretty sure the restaurant ‘La Fourchette’ now occupies this corner site. Judging by the gradient in this photo, the view appears to be of the side windows in Bedford Place rather than the level Western Road frontage.

    By Alan Hobden (03/09/2009)
  • Yes, it is part of the side view. It was more kitchen and garden equipment than fancy goods. Olga Osborne (note no ‘u’ – we’re fussy about that) is my mother. The London Road shop became a furniture store. I don’t know what it is now.

    By Margot Sims (10/09/2009)
  • I remember the 105 Western Road shop well. I used to walk past it every day on my way to work at 111 Western Road (National Westminster Bank). That was from 1973 to approx 1982. When I was at Fitzherbert School, Osborne Pearce used to supply the domestic science department with its cookery equipment!

    By Maggie Williams (03/11/2010)
  • Hi Ron Charlton, I remember Osborne Pearce very well in Western Rd and London Rd, they took over Timothy Whites in London Rd. I know Mrs Osborne very well. I used to do all her decorating for her. I have now since retired. She is a wonderful lady for her age and still going strong. Bless her.

    By richard f groves (15/05/2012)
  • I remember going with my mother to this shop to buy kitchen scales with Imperial weights. It must have been very early ’50’s. I’ve just passed them on to my eldest daughter. I also still have a “wringer” (or mangle) from an earlier visit to the same shop I believe (unless there was possibly a similar ironmongers nearby – just can’t remember!). 

    By Brian Hatley (15/12/2014)
  • In the 1960s I visited this delightful shop and bought a set of stainless steel teaspoons by Arthur Price.  I carefully put them away but unfortunately forgot where I put them.  Only this weekend on having a clear out did I find them carefully packed away in a corner of a drawer long since ignored so I got them out and now have a little bit of the sixties in my kitchen!     

    By jillian (14/11/2018)
  • I bought a lovely set of teaspoons from this beautiful store and mislaid them. Having a bit of a clearout a couple of weeks ago I came across them again in their original box. A great surprise! Such a useful store and it brings back memories of the sixties.

    By Jillian (09/03/2019)

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