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Hargreaves & Sons - 16-18 Spring Gardens - Buxton

At Spring Gardens in Buxton. The high street with shops, cafes and pubs!


Hargreaves & Sons at 16-18 Spring Gardens. Family run business trading since 1865.




Hargreaves & Son Limited is one of the oldest businesses trading in Buxton. The shop was on Eagle Parade in the 1860's, run by Mrs. Alice Hargreaves and later helped by her son Sam. In 1896, they bought out another china shop at 14 Spring Gardens called Charles Wilkinson and continued trading at both premises for some years. Mrs. Hargreaves died in 1904 and when her son sold his interest, local entrepreneur H.R.P.Lomas became owner and chairman, registering the new private limited company in 1904. Mr. Lomas also owned the Spa Hotel and Malvern House as well as forming the local farming hamlet of Pomeroy (his third name). In 1906 Charles Holmes joined the company from being a department store manager at the Quinn & Axton store in Brixton, London. He was appointed a Director in 1913 and subsequently brought his three sons Charles, Percival and Leonard into the business. Upon the death of Charles his wife Sarah directed the business with Percy managing the Buxton shop. Charles junior managed a hotel ware factory in Stoke and Leonard managed two shops in Stockport until his retirement. Percy later became managing director and continued to be chairman until his death in 1996 at the age of ninety three.


The showcases that are featured in the Tea Rooms were originally made for the rented premises at 363 Oxford Road, Manchester. When the lease expired these were used to furnish the Buxton shop's first floor showroom in 1913 in what was the family sitting room during the time the Holmes family lived above the shop.


The property, built in 1880 was purchased in 1922 from the Duke of Devonshire's Estate for the princely sum of £4,500. It is now a Grade Two Listed Building of Historical interest. Since 1906 four generations of the same family have been serving Buxton. Charles Holmes from 1906 to 1926, Sarah Holmes from 1906 to 1942, Percy Holmes from 1922 to 1996, Ken Holmes from 1949 to 1999, Teresa Coles (nee Holmes) from 1958, Cliff Coles from 1970, Heather Smith (nee Coles) from 1988 and Martin Coles from 1989



Grade II listed building


12-28, Spring Gardens, Buxton





616-1/3/66 (South side)

Nos.12-28 (Even)




Row of six shops with offices. c1880 with late C20

alterations. Coursed millstone grit with ashlar dressings and

Welsh slate roofs with stone stacks.

EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and attic. First-floor ashlar band and

moulded eaves. Street front six windows. Ground floor divided

into six shop fronts with rusticated piers between topped with

brackets and caps. No.16 retains original shop front with

flanking pilasters and either side entrance doorways with

overlights, and above a fascia board inscribed: HARGREAVES &


Other shopfronts altered C20. Above six tripartite sashes in

moulded surrounds each with a flat hood and central pediment

supported on brackets plus a narrow balcony with ornate iron

railing. Above eighteen sashes in moulded surrounds with flat

hoods and narrow balconies with iron railings. Above again

twelve pedimented dormer windows each with a plain sash.

Original rainwater goods survive to Nos 12, 14 & 16, square in

section to ground but circular above.

INTERIOR: No.16 (Hargreaves & Sons) retains original shop

fittings including original stone fireplace to first floor.

Staircase with brass handrail, and wooden counters, shelves




Listing NGR: SK0594973537



This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.


Source: English Heritage


Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.

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Taken on September 4, 2014