1935

FASHION BEFORE FURNITURE


Recently-widowed Sarah Ann Turvey takes on a small shop in Moorfoot, Sheffield and, to make ends meet, takes up the fur trade she’d learned from her father

1940

BLITZED!


The Luftwaffe, apparently ambivalent to the charms of sable and mink, make their presence felt at the premises in the form of high explosives and incendiary bombs. A hiatus ensues.

1946

RETURN TO NORMAN


Sarah’s son, Norman AKA Nat is demobbed and, after a period of convalescence, joins a business that he has relocated and rebuilt in Sheffield’s Fargate.

1951

SCARBOROUGH FAIR


As Nat becomes more prominent in the shop, Sarah is able to retire and relocate to the gentile streets and clean air of Scarborough. A job well done.

1955

A GROWING FAMILY


Nat’s family is expanding. To provide for it he purchases Greaves and Harvey, a Rotherham department store placed in receivership. With an inventory including furniture and curtains he adds furs and ladies fashions. Little does he know, a new era has begun.

1969

THE SWINGING SIXTIES


Norman’s health fails in the 60s and at the end of the decade, control of the business passes to to his sons, Neil and Robert. Between them they inject new ideas and a fresh approach ready to capitalise on the housing boom of the 70s.

1972

GOING IT ALONE


Robert departs to pursue other business leaving Neil to be the sole director of Turvey's. This ushers in a aesthetic for Turvey's with the new Italian and Scandinavian studios heavily represented.

1989

ALL GOOD THINGS


By the end of the 1980s, the economic and political climate has changed dramatically. The Miner’s Strikes and the contraction of the Steel Industry have taken their toll on the traditional Turvey’s customer. On the upside, planning is granted and the business moves to the Chapel Walk premises.

2001

KEEP MOVING


The old TC Harrison Ford showroom becomes available on Sheffield Road. Seeing the ability to expand and to become more accessible with parking, Neil moves Turvey’s once more. His intuition is proved correct when longstanding customers return and turnover doubles within two years.

2007

DAMPENED AMBITION


25th June & Rotherham was overwhelmed by the biggest floods in a century. It was the week when Ulley and Catcliffe became household names and whole villages were evacuated. Meadowhall shopping centre was awash and Sheffield Rd became a lake at the confluence of the rivers Don & Rother at Bow Bridge, just 200 yards from Turvey's showroom. Up to two feet of water enters the premises but the store is closed, refurbished and re-opens in mid-October, just three and a half months later.

2019

NOT AGAIN?


November 7th and the waters strike again, the store is flooded to exactly the same level. This time the insurance company responds very slowly and the re-opening takes 11 months.

2020

POST DILUVIUM


After the flood. It’s not been easy but we’re made of stern stuff up here in Rotherham. Our renovated, modernised and watertight store opens in October… here's to another 85 years.

We regret to inform you that our store is currently closed and undergoing refurbishment following the flood of November 2019. We anticipate re-opening in mid October with a new look, new displays and some terrific opening offers.

Should you require any assistance in the meantime our office will be manned Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and you can contact us on 01709 510777 or at contact@turveysfinefurniture.co.uk

Thank you and stay safe.

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