Oswald Bailey to close

Oswald Bailey outdoor shops which have been part of walkers lives for 108 years are closing.

Closing down sales are being held this week at Winton and Parkstone.

The business has been sold to Blacks Outdoors Group which includes Millets.

The Bailey family is retaining the sister company the Bournemouth-based online Outdoorgear which was started by Oswald Bailey managing director Stephen Bailey.

Oswald opened his first shop in Birmingham in 1906 and the Bournemouth shop on Poole Hill in 1930. Seven years later he had a house called Chaddesley Gate built for the family near the coast path at Poole Head.

He retired in 1948 having opened fourteen shops and died in 1962.

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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