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Our History

Our stores have a lot of history - in fact, we’re over 200 years in the making! Our stores began in the Lincolnshire town of Boston in 1804, when John Oldrid and Richard Hyde purchased a small retail unit.

We’ve grown enormously since then and now have successful stores in Grantham and Boston, including an extensive garden centre. You can find out more about our heritage below.

John Oldrid III

Oldrids Receipts

Oldrids Carpet Shop

We are a family business, trading for over 200 years!

See below for more key dates in our timeline! 

2020 -A Global Pandemic temporarily shut our stores for the first time since 1804

2017 -Downtown Grantham Designer Outlet is proposed

2016 - Oldrids Scunthorpe opens

2013 - Downtown Lincoln & Oldrids Gainsborough are opened

2012 - Downtown Grantham is refurbished

2009 - Oldrids' transactional website is launched

2004 -  Oldrids celebrates is 200th birthday

2003 - Pescod Hall moves

1998 - Downtown Grantham is enlarged

1989 - Downtown Grantham is opened

1985 - Downtown Boston is refurbished

1981 - Downtown Boston is built

1975 - Oldrids Boston is rebuilt

1969 - Oldrids Boston is demolished

1960- Oldrids New Street opens selling furniture

1920 - Oldrids continues to expand - now selling carpets

1918 - Oldrids purchase additional shops including Pescod Hall

1915 - The Isaac family take over Oldrids

1915 - Oldrids is put up for sale again

1906 - Mr. Sydney Smith takes over the running of Oldrids

1905 - Oldrids is put up for sale

1804 - Oldrids is created by Mr. John Oldrid