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  • 1842

    T.C Elliott was founded by Thomas Elliott at Millbank Wharf, Northam, Southampton

  • 1871

    Thomas Elliott owned four pubs and brewed his own pale ale with Captain Vincent, at their High Street Brewery

  • 1884

    Two of Thomas' sons, Frank and Walter Elliott, took over the business and changed our name to Elliott Brothers

  • 1918

    We purchased M H Blanchard Ltd, a brick and tile makers in Bishop's Waltham.

  • 1931

    We phased out our horse and cart deliveries and bought our own vehicles

  • 1933

    Our roofing division was created

  • 1935

    Mason Elliott took over the business

  • 1941

    Our Head Office at Millbank Wharf was bombed during the Second World War

  • 1964

    We bought our first forklift truck which could move packs of around 1,000 bricks

  • 1966

    George Edgar Newlyn Mason Elliott took over as Managing Director

  • 1967

    To celebrate our 125th year anniversary, we opened our first kitchen and bathrooms showroom at our premises in Northam

  • 1981

    We purchased H G Webber & Son, an old-established builder's yard and turned it into our Ringwood branch

  • 1982

    Our Fareham branch opened

  • 1985

    Newlyn's son Stuart took over the business as Managing Director

  • 1989

    We took over Fordhams, a builders' merchants (largely centred on timber) and turned it into our Fordingbridge branch

  • 1997

    We appointed a new Board of Directors

  • 1998

    Our Romsey branch opened on Budds Lane

  • 2000

    Managing Director Stuart-Mason Elliott was appointed as president of the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF)

  • 2002

    Our Winchester Tool Centre opened at the Winchester Trade Park

  • 2003

    Our Totton branch opened at Rushington Business Park

  • 2011

    Our Portsmouth Tool Centre opened at The Pompey Centre on Dickinson Road

  • 2014

    Tom Elliott took over the business as Managing Director with Stuart Mason-Elliott as Chairman

  • 2015

    Harry Redknapp helped us launch our Christchurch branch on Airfield Way, which is home to our I-Joist centre

  • 2016

    We launched Elliotts Living Spaces showrooms in Lymington, Fareham, Romsey and Ringwood

  • 2017

    We celebrated our 175th anniversary by recreating a delivery with a horse and cart

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  • Our first advert appeared in the Hampshire Advertiser on 1st October 1842 announcing our premises.

    Did you know? In 1842, Southampton's first dock opened and the city had a population of around 35,000 people.

  • The pale ale was retailed and supplied to families in casks, from a shilling a gallon.

  • An advertisement in the Southampton Directory was the first to carry the name Elliott Brothers.

    Did you know? Southampton Football Club was founded in 1885 by members of the St. Mary's Church Young Mens Association.

  • M H Blanchard Ltd were known for their range of artistic and architectural wares, including busts and statues, decorative terracotta panels, tiles and quality hand-made bricks of various colours, especially red and blue.

  • Over the next few years we improved our delivery service to customers by expanding our fleet of lorries.

    Did you know? In 1931, Southampton's population was at 178,000.

  • This was in conjunction with a firm called Palmer & Rees. We later named the division 'Elliott Brothers (Roofing) Ltd' in 1945. Our work included many private houses as well as the Red Lion and Stoneham Arms hotels in Southampton and St. Swithun's School in Winchester.

  • Newlyn Mason Elliott, (commonly known as Mason) was MD from 1935-66. He is the son of Edgar Elliott, one of Thomas Elliott's 10 children.

    Did you know? The following year (1936), the prototype Spitfire designed by R J Mitchell took to the air at Southampton Airport.

  • Because of this, we lost many of our historical photographs and documents and we had to restore our buildings. The rebuild of Head Office wasn't completed until 1950.

  • Also during this year, Blanchard Brickworks closed and became our first Elliott Brothers branch. Our Bishop's Waltham branch moved into Claylands House and today you'll find it on Claylands Road.

    Did you know? In 1964, Southampton was awarded city status.

  • His father Mason Elliott was voted our Life Chairman as a mark of recognition of his service as director for 45 years and of the prosperity which he brought to the company, both shareholders and employees. He stepped down as Managing Director in March 1966.

  • The showroom was opened by the City Architect, the late Leon Berger. At the opening ceremony he said that no other firm in Southampton had done so much for builders in the city.

    Did you know? The following year (1968), Southampton held its first Boat Show.

  • Our acquisition soon brought a dramatic increase in sales, through a rapid extension of our range of stocks, including heavyside materials on collection and delivery.

  • The branch later moved to bigger premises on Newgate Lane in 2005 and has become one of our largest branches within the group. It has a dedicated tool section and a landscaping area on display.

    Did you know? Henry VII's warship Mary Rose was raised from the bed of the Solent. She sank in 1545.

  • During this year, we moved our Bishop's Waltham depot to Claylands Road to make use of the large warehouse, display area and yard.

    We also opened our Chandler's Ford branch on Bournemouth Road, where it remains today specialising in concrete civils products and clay drainage.

  • The branch is at The Bartons, where it remains today. It's based in the centre of town and stocks a wide range of ironmongery, hardware and has a key cutting service.

  • We appointed, Paul Cleary as Sales Director, Lauren Haines as Director Direct-to-Site Sales and Tony Adams as Commercial Director. The news was published on the front page of our August Elliotts Echo newsletter.

  • The branch later moved to bigger premises next door in 2009 and now benefits from a large yard stocking a variety of building materials.

    Did you know? The following year (1999), Southampton Football Club were given the go-ahead to build a new 32,000-seat stadium in the St Mary's area.

  • During this year we launched our first Elliotts website.

    Did you know? Southampton's West Quay shopping centre opened in September 2000.

  • The branch is still here today offering tools from top brands such as Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee etc… at competitive prices. It's the hub of our tools operation.

  • The branch is still here today offering a full range of building materials. The first floor is home to a tool centre and outside there's a landscaping display.

    Did you know? In 2003, Southampton Airport celebrated one million passengers in a year.

  • The branch is still here today offering a wide range of hand and power tools from Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee etc…

  • During this year we set up an Elliotts Facebook page and opened our most northern branch in Tadley. Based on the Brick Kiln Industrial Estate on Silchester Road, the branch specialises in selling a wide range of civils and drainage products.

  • We purchased Hardleys Kitchen and Bathroom showroom in Lymington.

    We were also named Business of the Year at the South Coast Business Awards.

    Did you know? P&O Britannia's maiden voyage left Southampton on the 14 March 2015 for a two week Mediterranean cruise.

  • We also launched our Elliotts Living Spaces website.

    Did you know? In 2016, Southampton's population was at 254,275

  • During this year we refurbished our Fordingbridge branch and built a brand new Bishop's Waltham branch on Claylands Road. We also rebranded our direct-to-site sales team as Elliotts Sales Hub.

    Did you know? From 1996 to present day, we have raised over 4 million pounds for our own charity, Challenge Adventure Charities.

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