Have You Got Four Candles? — Inside One of Britain's Oldest Hardware Stores

To the residents of Poole, W. E. Boone & Co. is not only a hardware store but also a lasting reminder of how shops used to be. A building with buckets of character, charm and staff as colourful as the products they sell. This 156 page book was published to celebrate this very special shop.

Boasting over 195 years of heritage, Boone’s walls have seen scandal, fire and the effect of war, plus the odd discovery of a secret passage. For the first time, with its teeming shelves and original wooden drawers, Boone’s shows us behind the scenes of its Aladdin’s cave interior filled with unexpected delights.

The store is well known for its knowledgeable and friendly service and is the most reliable place to pick up what you need for those little odd jobs. No request is too much trouble — unless it’s bubbles for spirit levels.

– Photographs by Rose Duffy
– Written, designed and art direction by James Addison
– Published by OPOA Press