Timothy Whites

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The Timothy Whites logo on this ventilator grille is still in place in 2009
Timothy Whites
FounderTimothy White
Headquarters Portsmouth, England

Timothy Whites was a British chain of dispensing chemist and houseware stores. [1]


The origin of Timothy Whites was a ships' chandlers and general store in Portsmouth, started in 1848 by Timothy White. [2] White himself qualified as a pharmacist in 1869. [3] By 1890, Whites was one of four British pharmacists with over ten branches. [4] Whites sold hardware as well as that which was normally found at a retail chemist's. [5] In 1904 he had his company incorporated as Timothy Whites Ltd. [6]

In 1935, Timothy Whites merged with Taylors Drug Co. Ltd. to form Timothy Whites & Taylors; the shops themselves were named either simply "Timothy Whites" [7] or "Timothy Whites & Taylors". [8] The company was taken over by Boots Pure Drug Co. in 1968. [6] Immediately before the takeover, there were 614 Timothy Whites shops, which had had a combined turnover of approximately £33m in the year before the acquisition. As a result of the rationalisation that followed the takeover, Boots rebranded and absorbed the pharmaceutical side of the business, leaving Timothy Whites with just 196 shops that sold only housewares. [9] The Timothy Whites name eventually disappeared in 1985.


  1. "Timothy Whites & Taylors Ltd, chemists". National Archive UK. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  2. James B. Jefferys, Retail Trading in Britain 18501950 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954), 385. (Here George Paaswell, Retaining Walls: Their Design and Construction at Google Books.)
  3. Lesley Richmond, Julie Stevenson, Alison Turton, The Pharmaceutical Industry: A Guide to Historical Records (Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate, 2002; ISBN   0-7546-3352-7), 383. (Here at Google Books.)
  4. Stuart Anderson, Making Medicines: A Brief History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals (London: Pharmaceutical Press, 2005; ISBN   0-85369-597-0), 122. (Here at Google Books.)
  5. Jefferys 435. (Here at Google Books.)
  6. 1 2 Richmond et al. 383. (Here at Google Books.)
  7. Photographic evidence: here, here and here
  8. Photographic evidence: here, here and here; again, see Google Image for more.
  9. "The Boots Company Ltd" (PDF file), chap. 5 of The Boots Company Limited and Glaxo Group Limited (Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Glaxo Holdings Limited): A report on the proposed mergers (London: Competition Commission, n.d.), 25.

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