Cornwall LivingIssue #89
Oldest shop in town!
For 100 years now, Glanvilles has been part of the fabric and landscape of the historic town of Wadebridge.
A saddler by trade, Ernest Glanville Senior, returning home from the Great War full of hope for the future, began visiting local farms to mend harnesses, taking selected ironmongery and household goods with him. This fledgling business grew and, in the 1930s three cottages in Polmorla Road were purchased and Glanville & Sons was born. Today’s customer base is far wider with people travelling from both ends of the country and seasonal visitors seeing the ‘Glanville experience’ as part of their family’s annual tradition.
“We have plenty of choice, both in our showroom and in stock, whether you’re looking for a vintage, industrial, modern contemporary or nautical look”
“Today’s Glanvilles bears little resemblance to those early days, apart from our continued belief in customer service and quality,” explains Glanvilles’ Marketing Assistant, Liz de Selincourt. “Rosie has taken over the reins from her parents, Charles and Brigitte Glanville, to develop a much-respected cookware and housewares shop downstairs specialising in premium brands for amateur cooks and professionals alike.”
Meanwhile upstairs, Guy de Selincourt has established one of the most comprehensive lighting departments in the south west. “Glanvilles Lighting stands for quality and an eye for design. We have plenty of choice, both in our showroom and in stock, whether you’re looking for a vintage, industrial, modern contemporary or nautical look,” Guy tells us.
“As we look to the future,” explains Rosie Hamm, “and see increasing numbers of customers embracing the sea-change in thinking about the environment – to address waste, pollution and the use of chemicals – we buy from British manufacturers (whenever possible), offering products that last and those made from ethically produced, natural or recycled materials. We source products from companies making positive environmental contributions, like tree planting and ocean clean-up schemes, so that we can help meet this demand.”
Why not see Glanvilles’ extensive range of housewares and lighting for yourself? Or join them for the Centenary celebrations taking place on the first two Saturdays in September? There will be over £1,000 of vouchers (courtesy of Kitchencraft) and other prizes on offer! Find out more on click here.
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"We have plenty of choice, both in our showroom and in stock, whether you’re looking for a vintage, industrial, modern contemporary or nautical look"