Chas Foulds & Son (Derby) Ltd

Chas Foulds & Son (Derby) Ltd
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Charles Foulds opened the first Foulds shop in Chapel Bar, Nottingham in 1893, when he bought the Nottingham branch of William Orme's business. The present Foulds shop in Irongate, Derby opened in 1908, and there were to be further branches in Lincoln, Heanor, Mansfield and Eastwood.

During the period after the First World War, when Arthur Foulds joined his father in the business, there came a period of depression which was to prove fatal for so many businesses, and one by one the branches closed, until finally the Nottingham shop, now one of the country's biggest music shops had to close.

The Derby shop survived and prospered under its manager James Locke until Arthur Foulds took over management in 1945 on the death of his father, to be joined in 1950 by his own son Philip.

The business established itself as a complete music store pre-eminent in the area, with the growth of new areas such as the emerging Rock and Roll business.

Today the business is run by Philip's son James. The company has pursued a path of building on its traditional strengths - pianos, orchestral and band instruments and music - with a special emphasis on developing highly competitive rental schemes for instruments and pianos.

In 1993 - the centenary year of the Company, Foulds added the next door premises to open a new guitar shop to build on the rapid increase in its guitar business, and this has become renowned particularly for its acoustic and jazz guitar stock and expertise.

 

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  • 40 Irongate,
    Derby, Derbyshire DE1 3GA
    England
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Did You Know Piano Facts

1730
The firm of Kirkman piano makers was founded in 1730, according to the Pierce Piano Atlas. However, Kirkman inherited the business from Tabel's wife, whom he married one month after Tabel's death. Tabel was a harpsichord maker who trained with Ruckers. He came to London in 1680 and set up making harpsichords. Abraham Kirkman, who was born in 1710 inBischweiler near Strasbourg, came to work for Tabel. In 1742 hemoved to Great Pulteney Street. These are some later dates and locations for him:
(1817) (Grand Pianoforte Maker to Her Majesty and H.R.H. The PrinceRegent)
(1818-1832) (Grand Pianoforte Maker to His Majesty) 19 Broad Street,Golden Square
(1822-1896) Kirkman, Joseph (Junior) 67 Frith Street, Soho
(1831) 3 Soho Square
(1846) 9 Dean Street
(1848) DuLour's Place, Golden Square
(1864) 21 Broad Street, Golden Square
(1894) 12A George Street, Hanover Square
They had associates with Collard who were based at 50 Bond Street,London, the same as Chappell. There is a fine example of a Kirkmanharpsichord at the Colt Clavier private collection. In 1896Georgiana Kirkman sold the business to Collard's at cost.