Hildoceras celebrates 50 years

50 years of a traditional family-run business in Whitby.

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Hildoceras opened its doors for the fist time in March 1974.

The shop had been purchased by our grandparents, Sid and Myra Weatherill as was then known as Weatherill’s. Myra had always dreamed of owning a shop.

June 1978, Karen speaks to the then Prince Charles outside Hildoceras on Sandgate

They worked hard to create a shop using coffee tables for displays, and using the day’s takings to dash to the wholesalers in Middlesbrough to top up on stock, little by little as the business grew.

Sid Weatherill

Sid worked hard to hand craft the cabinets that you’ll still find inside. Alongside his own job in insurance and his hobbies of diving the Whitby wrecks, preparing fossils and walking.

Sid and Myra enjoying one of their many visits to the Lake District

The shop is still run today by their daughter Karen, selling the traditional fossils, minerals and gemstones as well as a new range of unique gifts and homeware.

Karen gave the shop a refurbishment during lockdown, retaining the original cabinets made by her dad, but creating a new aesthetic with deep blue tones, copper and dark wood.

Inside Hildoceras today

n 2019, 11 Sandgate came up for sale, and Karen shared the spark of an idea with her sons, Mark and Liam and their wives Danielle and Ceri, to open a menswear shop with a traditional barber in the back.

As a family we worked long days to transform Furbellow & Co and we’ve recently celebrated six years in business, following in the footsteps of Sid and Myra to run an independent, family-run business in the town, with traditional values and good customer service at the heart of it.

Sid with his daughters Jacqui and Karen, celebrating 50 years of Hildoceras.

Sadly Myra passed away in September 2022 but we know she would be so proud of the legacy she has left behind. Sid and Myra have been as inspiration to us all both in our day to day lives to seek adventure and to enjoy the great outdoors, but also to work hard and follow our dreams.

Sid and Myra at Sid’s 90th Birthday celebrations in 2020

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About Furbellow & Co

Furbellow & Co is a Gentlemen’s store with a twist, nestled on Sandgate in the old part of the historic town of Whitby.

Inside you will discover a warm and friendly atmosphere, with an emphasis on good old fashioned customer service. You can while away the time exploring our eclectic range of products in nostalgic surroundings.

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