Catleys, The Green, 1900

Shopfront with G. Catley and Assistant – The Green – Devizes – c1900

Catleys has been trading in the centre of Devizes for 125 years and up until 2006  was located near The Green, Devizes trading as a Corn, Flour, Hay & Straw merchant until the late 1960’s.

Catleys, Bill Clack and the new wagon - 1910-20

Bill Clack and the New Wagon c1910 – 1920

George Day started working at Catleys on Saturdays and school holidays in 1943 when he was 12 and remembers fondly many old characters of the district and the April and October sheep and horse fairs held on The Green when the town was full of gypsies. He took over in 1957 when his uncle, Bill Holloway died. Mr.Holloway had succeeded George Catley who retired in 1943. George Catley. a former mayor of Devizes, was a founder member of the Devizes Chamber of Commerce, which marked its 100th anniversary in 2005.

Catleys, The Green, 1957

Catleys – The Green – Devizes  – c1957

In the 60’s Catleys changed its focus from supplying Corn, Flour, Hay & Straw to concentrating on pet supplies, seeds, bulbs, garden sundries and in 1983 took over the Calor dealership from Moore & Bush. Shortly after, adding Air Products industrial & “pub” gas distribution to the range of services provided.

Catleys Gas Centre, The Green, Devizes, 1960

Catleys – The Green – Devizes  – c2005

On moving into new premises on the  Hopton Industrial Estate in 2006 they dropped the pet & garden supplies side of the business to concentrate on gas supplies, installations and appliances.

Catleys Slider Building 408

Catleys – Hopton Industrial Estate – Devizes  – c2006

The business is now run by Ian Day, George’s son, carrying on the family tradition of providing a friendly and efficient service for all their customers.

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