Westley Richards, 178 New Bond Street, London. Then & now …

Westley Richards, 178 New Bond Street, London
Westley Richards, 178 New Bond Street, London

Here’s an interesting image I came across online. It shows Westley Richard’s old London shop, located at 178 New Bond Street in the Mayfair area of the city’s West End – a super swanky part of town.

I’m not sure when Westley opened their shop at 178 New Bond Street, but according to the company’s website William Bishop — The Bishop of Bond Street — was acting as WR’s agent from 170 New Bond Street at early at 1815 — 3 years after the company’s founding.

Today, 178 New Bond Street is the flagship store for Boodles, a luxury jeweller with very “British” name.

178 New Bond Street, London, today. Similar facade, much different business.
178 New Bond Street, London, today. Similar facade, much different business.

A quick trip to London in 1956….

So it’s 1956 and you’re in London’s West End, looking to purchase a top-end sidelock double barrel shotgun. Here’s a quick look at how it would go. Check out the try gun used for the fitting, as well as the tools behind the stocker’s vise. I love the stern looks on everyone’s face. Very serious work.

BTW: I think this is Wilkes’s old shop, or maybe Watson’s. Does anyone know for sure?

GUN MAKING

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