Posted On April 3, 2016
April 03, 2016

TIMELINE – Through the years of Chorleywood’s Hardware Store

1920s: Prompted by housing demand around the Met Line and builders’ subsidies Frederick Gullett buys two plots of land in Neasden (1922) One year later Gullett & Sons Ltd was born (1923).

1930s: Frederick’s sons, Claude and Ralph joined the business. Gullett & Sons Ltd became a registered company building houses in Bucks, Herts and Middlesex and further afield

Post war: Gullett & Sons acquire yard and office in Chorleywood and sell some supplies from a shop in the yard

1950s: The company split into two – Gullett & Sons Ltd and the DIY / Merchant side in its own right called Gullett Building & Timber Supplies Ltd (GBTS) which was spearheaded by Claude Gullett on his return from the mission field in Africa (1958) and was established from the shop front used by builders

George Lane comes out of air force and becomes Gulletts Chorleywood Manager

1970s : Redevelopment is planned including adjacent land and premises (early 70s). Peter Reynolds joins the company to manage the project. Derek Wallington appointed to the Board of GBTS

Planning permission granted for erection of new store and office building on the site (Oct 72). The bank at the rear is excavated to accommodate the extended store.

1980s: Glen Plews leaves forces and takes over from George Lane as Manager of Gulletts Chorleywood shop

Building part of company (Gullett and Sons) relocates to Little Chalfont (81) and Derek Wallington becomes Managing Director (81)

John Poore buys store (late 87) and name changes to Poores. John had been involved in his family business Poores of Acton since 1970. At the time John is President of The British Hardware Federation. First Poores Chorleywood Manager is Mark Duffy, assisted by Anthony Forshaw.

For history of Poores of Acton click here

2013:  John Poore is honoured with the British Empire Medal for his charity work in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list (Jan 13). He retires in Nov 13 and sells store to Lawsons Builders Merchants .

2014:  Lawsons sell to Lords to avoid Tesco buyout (May) Mark Duffy leaves to start a business in Devon, Anthony Forshaw becomes Manager

2016: Poores re-opens as Lords after a major refit (April)


SCROLL  for Picture timeline  1st picture: Gulletts at the beginning in 1950s through to Poores in the 80s and Lords today. Photos roughly in order through the decades

1. 50s late Gulletts 1 1958 copy 2

2. 60s early    copy 3  3. 1965 4. 80s copy 2IMG_3712 copy 2 9. Early 80s copy 5. 70s 1975 int 2  IMG_5332 copy IMG_5331 copyIMG_5288 copy     6.70s 1975 staff7. 80sgulletts posters copy8. 80s lower rd old  copy

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2016 Mark and Kay JPG

Mark and Anthony


2015 shanker and anthony

2016 last supper JPGIMG_5045


2016 Poores last day

Chorleywood Exterior

Lords Logo with strapline_ CHORLEYWOOD copy


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