We celebrated 175 years by delivering materials by horse & cart!
On Wednesday 8th November, we celebrated 175 years in business by going back in time to 1842 and delivering materials to a customer by horse & cart.
Our staff took goods to Southampton builders RH Hammond in traditional style from our headquarters at Millbank Wharf using an authentic 19th century flatbed dray, pulled by two horses.
The cart was loaded with sand and timber by Elliotts staff, Roger Tarry and Billy Target, dressed as 1800s yardsmen, before departing to make the delivery to Queens Terrace. There, it was received by longstanding customer Richard Hammond, Managing Director of RH Hammond. Like Elliotts, the building firm which was founded in 1894 is still family-owned.
Tom Elliott, Managing Director, and his father Stuart Mason-Elliott, Chairman, dressed in 1840’s attire for the occasion, with Stuart even arriving to site on his penny farthing bicycle.
According to familybusinessunited.com, Elliotts is the 111th oldest family-owned business in the world. Reflecting on how Elliotts has grown over the last 175 years, Stuart Mason-Elliott said: “Back in 1842, my ancestor Thomas Elliott ran a very different company. Our headquarters is still on Millbank Wharf in Northam but we now have 13 branches across the south and nearly 300 staff.
We pride ourselves on our old-fashioned customer service and enjoy great relationships with our customers and suppliers.”
Horse and cart was the original delivery method used by Elliotts in Victorian times in Southampton. Today the builders merchant is still owned and run by the Elliotts family and operates a fleet of 54 delivery vehicles across the south. Looking ahead to the future, Tom Elliott said: “We are proud of our heritage but, at the same time, we always make sure Elliotts is ahead of the game in supplying the latest and best products to our customers. Our range of building supplies is outstanding and we are constantly looking for new innovations for the business.”
Elliotts employees, Roger Tarry (Left) and Billy Target (Right), dressed as 1840s yardsmen to load the horse and cart. Roger is the longest serving employee at Elliotts, with 44 years service under his belt.
Lorry driver, Billy, thoroughly enjoyed the day, saying, "I've been with the company for 17 years and this has been one of the most memorable days. Travelling through Southampton to the delivery site on the back of the cart was brilliant. It has made my year!"
Did you catch us on the local news?
BBC South Today featured us on the 6.30pm local news on the day of the event.
We were also featured on the 6pm ITV Meridian news, as well local radio stations BBC Radio Solent, Wave 105, The Breeze and SAM FM.