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Offline Badlad

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Caving shops no more
« on: February 18, 2020, 12:08:32 pm »
This morning I was trying to think of all the caving retailers which had closed down in the last 30 years or so.

Hitch n Hike
Cave and Crag
Bat Products
Settle Water Sports
Bernies

All came to mind straight away.  Can anyone remind me of others?
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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2020, 12:14:16 pm »
Dudley's "Dragon" in Abercraf.
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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2020, 12:17:39 pm »
It might be worth updating the Wiki: https://ukcaving.com/wiki/index.php/Shops
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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2020, 12:23:28 pm »
Rocksport - used to be above the bus station in Wells - Chris Bradshaw...
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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2020, 12:31:50 pm »
Caving Supplies is now up for sale too. I don't expect it will remain a caving shop.

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2020, 12:36:22 pm »
I have updated the Bernies entry. I will leave the other areas to cavers who live in those areas.

Added an important missing one too!
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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2020, 12:51:25 pm »
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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2020, 12:58:06 pm »
Caving Supplies is now up for sale too. I don't expect it will remain a caving shop.

Oh no!
Mind Phil must be at retiring age by now. Hopefully someone will take it on as a business.
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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2020, 01:17:50 pm »
Jo Royals in Hanley - still have a 25ft ladder and Ecrin helmet from there.

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2020, 01:39:45 pm »
Does Daleswear count?

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2020, 01:56:12 pm »
TBF several of them have retired, or passed away.

I would include Daleswear; Beaver (diving) still produce a basic caving suit & kneepads, but you rarely see them:
http://www.beaversports.co.uk/Catalogue/Category/156?cat=oversuits

Bernies is now run by ISCA Outdoors from Devon: https://www.berniescaveshop.co.uk/

Not quite sure when this was last updated, but quite some time ago (& do Field & Trek really qualify?):
http://www.arbarama.com/cave/speleo/suppliers.html

Rocksport is nearer 40 years ago. Jo Royale never did much, but is still going in Buxton.

Related threads: https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=2994.0

& https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=2996.0
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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2020, 03:14:14 pm »
The Bivouac Matlock Bath

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2020, 03:40:44 pm »
Which features in a similar thread:
https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/gear/remembering_good_climbing_shops_that_closed-618129

A lot of canoe / kayak shops have gone the same way, but so have many small high street retailers.

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2020, 04:32:03 pm »
Alex, I'm not sure if Tony would be happy to be described as "Semi Active"!

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2020, 04:40:35 pm »
In the 90s there was one in Settle.
Going into the town from the E, off the main street to the right, about 100m before the market square. Perhaps 30m along that street on the left.
I think it was a converted house.

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2020, 04:52:36 pm »
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Alex, I'm not sure if Tony would be happy to be described as "Semi Active"!

That was how he described his activity to me at a Hidden earth, but I guess his activity is irrelevant to the info anyway.
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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2020, 04:54:38 pm »
In the 90s there was one in Settle.
Cave & Crag (in first thread I linked to already)

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2020, 04:57:09 pm »
Some readers will remember Brendan Brew's caving shop in Ingleton; he had some gear of his own brand "Brock".

Incidentally, before Inglesport was where it is now, it used to be a right good fish and chip shop!

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2020, 05:01:55 pm »
Rocksport was run by Chris Bradshaw and Bruce Bedford. I remember it well.

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2020, 06:08:40 pm »
In the 90s there was one in Settle.
Cave & Crag (in first thread I linked to already)

I seem to think Cave and Crag moved a few times - I've a memory of them being down by the Post Office at some stage - as well as where the "vintage/antiques" shop is now, not far from the Naked Man.
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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2020, 07:35:43 pm »
Some readers will remember Brendan Brew's caving shop in Ingleton; he had some gear of his own brand "Brock".

Incidentally, before Inglesport was where it is now, it used to be a right good fish and chip shop!

‘Basil Brush’ (how he hated this monicker) continued to flog stuff under the Brock brand into the 80s - I (and others) used to sew up bags, harnesses etc.

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2020, 08:04:46 pm »
In the 90s there was one in Settle.
Cave & Crag (in first thread I linked to already)

No, I don't think so.
Cave & Crag was in the Market Square.
The place I remember was well before that, coming in from Skipton, and on a road to the right.
Just looked at a street map - it was on Chapel St., which is the one on the right past Station Rd.

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2020, 08:05:17 pm »
Incidentally, before Inglesport was where it is now, it used to be a right good fish and chip shop!

Well, at least there's still a right good fish and chip shop in Ingleton!

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2020, 08:15:56 pm »
In the 90s there was one in Settle.
Cave & Crag (in first thread I linked to already)

No, I don't think so.
Cave & Crag was in the Market Square.
The place I remember was well before that, coming in from Skipton, and on a road to the right.
Just looked at a street map - it was on Chapel St., which is the one on the right past Station Rd.
Settle Watersports.

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Re: Caving shops no more
« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2020, 08:34:52 pm »
Don Morrisons in Sheffield, where I bought my first Texolex helmet and Magic Mountain in Hope where I bought my first Petzl ascenders.

Though they were primarily climbing shops, they both held quite a range of caving gear, e.g.helmets, Premier carbide lamps and rubber boots. In the late 70's early 80's dedicated caving harnesses hadn't been invented.

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