Upstairs at Arthur Beale for the Famous Breton Tops

Arthur Beale has been selling the classic Breton tops for many years. The history of these striped shirts is very interesting. The blue and white tops with 21 stripes were introduced following the Act of France on 27 th March 1858 as the standard uniform for Brittany Navy Seamen. They were known as matelot or marinière. Apparently the 21 stripes represented each of the Napoleon victories. The tops were made in the small Normandy village of Saint James which was established by William the...

​The Ashley Book of Knots – by Clifford W Ashley

It is back! It amazes me that it ever goes out of print but I think it has happened a few times. I reckon it is a cunning ploy to get people like us to put “It is back!” on our blogs. After all I don’t suppose “It is still here” is very newsworthy. I suppose everyone knows the book, but just in case someone has actually managed to get through life without stumbling across the epic then - This is the Bible of Knots. First published in 1944 and reprinted many times. This new edition has been...
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Ha'Penny Breeze

This film was highly recommended by Marc who has sneakily ended up being unable to attend the showing. Sadly, if you don't like the film, you'll have no one to throw your tomatoes at in the traditional manner. Don't worry though, I have watched it just in case there were any really dodgy bits and I actually enjoyed it. There are a few cheesy scenes but you soon relax into the story. Pin Mill looks just the same and there are some excellent sailing shots. The maintenance work on the old boat isn't too convicing but that adds to the charm. Why not come along on Thursday? We will start the film...
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Beale Park Boat Show

3rd - 5th June 2016 W​e will be there! A great familly weekend away. BEALE PARK BOAT & OUTDOOR SHOW 2016 JUNE 3, JUNE 4 & JUNE 5 10AM - 6PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 10AM - 5PM SUNDAY BEALE PARK, LOWER BASILDON, READING, BERKSHIRE RG8 9NW “BRITAIN’S MOST RELAXED BOAT SHOW…” Classic Boat magazine THINKING OF TRYING OR BUYING A BOAT? THEN LOOK NO FURTHER… CLASSIC BOATS · MODERN BOATS · WOODEN BOATS · FIBRE GLASS BOATS · RIVER BOATS · SEA BOATS · NEW BOATS · USED BOATS · PROFESSIONAL BOATS · AMATEUR BOATS · COME AND TRY A BOAT AND, OF COURSE, ARTHUR BEALE THE YACHT CHANDLER! See, try &...
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Vote for Tilman!

The Government are launching a new Polar Research ship in 2019 and is asking for name suggestions. Our friend Richard Wynne who is the publisher of Lodestar Books has suggested H W Tilman and we think it is a brilliant idea. There can be no one more fitting than H W Tilman, the most accomplished High Latitude sailor and explorer of the twentieth century. To vote for the name just click on the link below, then click on the heart. It will only take a few seconds...

Lost Rivers Of London

This evening some of us lucky ones are off to the launch of Nicholas Barton and Stephen Myers new edition of The Lost Rivers of London. A lot of painstaking new work has gone into this publication making it completely up to date and with a greater coverage of the lost rivers south of the Thames. It is lavishly illustrated and includes 44 maps. Stephen treated many of Arthur Beale's clients to a fascinating talk on the subject. We have the book in stock at Arthur Beale at a special price of just...
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