D.l Ogle Ltd, Worcester

Address:
18-20 St Johns
Postcode/City:
WR2 5AH Worcester
County:
Worcestershire
Phone:
01905 428028
Phone:
01905 422916
Fax:
01905 740650
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In July 1969 Alan Shepherd walked on the Moon. In September 1969 Dennis Ogle walked into 20 St John’s as the proud owner of a Pharmacy. The difference could not have been greater because as Alan Shepherd was at the sharp end of rocket technology, Dennis was walking back in time into a Pharmacy that had been little changed from the Edwardian style the previous owner had kept it in. Shelves were filled with old Victorian shop rounds in green and blue. Large carboys of coloured liquid stood in the windows, dark mahogany shelving displayed a few medicinal items and behind the counter there was a “drug run”, a set of eighteen small square drawers, each with a glass label and a glass knob, with such names as Alexandrian Senna pods, Bismuth Carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and other pharmaceutical paraphernalia. The dispensary was over in one corner behind a glass screen on which the word Dispensary was etched.
A dispensing bench four feet long was the work surface and all labels were hand written. At the end of the counter stood a brass push-button till, with a total ring up of 9/11, that is nine shillings and eleven pence old money, just short of 50p new money. Under the drawer was the maker’s name, Avery and a date of 1916. It was push-button, however, not a sit up and beg job, with huge levered keys. It lasted several years, till decimalisation in 1971 made it redundant.
The total floor area including the dispensary and the long counter was fifteen feet by ten and in that space four staff, Dennis Ogle, a dispenser and two shop assistants worked for several years, using several rooms and a stairwell as storage. When the previous owner decided to vacate the flat upstairs Dennis saw his chance, moved a lot of stock, and the precious pharmaceutical antiques upstairs and began the first of the renovations. Walls were demolished, structural RSJs were put in place and a new, very modern shop front, all plate glass, emerged. The old shop became the entrance and a big dispensary.

Detailed Business Information

Official Name
D. L. OGLE LIMITED
Company Number
1363104
SIC Code
47730 - Dispensing chemist in specialised stores
Date of Incorporation
01/01/1978
Company Type
Private Limited Company

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