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The memory lane timeline

1884:

The Self family came to Whitehall Farm, Lacock in 1894. The main produce from the Farm at that time was cheese there were no milk factories as we know them today, but by the 30's milk was being collected from the farm in churns, and farm cheese production had ceased.

History

1900's

The oldest picture of Whitehall Farm, Lacock.

The oldest picture of Whitehall Farm, Lacock

1940's

Most of our cereal crops during the 40's were used for cattle food.

Most of our cereal crops during the 40's were used for cattle food

Lacock was founded on the wool trade, in the High Street you can still see the large upstairs rooms in the houses where the hand looms were located.

Within living memory few sheep have been farmed in North Wilts. The area being essentially dairy producing.


1967:

A350 road construction and future garden centre site.

A350 road construction

1970:

Mrs Self with three of our very first customers.

Mrs Self with three of our very first customers

1972:

Aerial view, Whitehall Garden Centre Lacock

Aerial view, Whitehall Garden Centre Lacock

The Self Family

Rowland married Phyllis, and had two children, the elder being Christopher and the younger John. Christopher went into farming, but John into horticulture, and John started the Garden Centre in 1972.

John changed his vocation and joined the Church Mission Society, and at this point Mrs Phyllis Self and Christopher Self who ran the farm, then took over developing the garden centre, with his two sons Peter and Mark, who both went to Lackham Agricultural College.

Peter then took over running of Whitehall Farm rearing both Aberdeen Angus and Texel Lamb.

Mark Self after studying at Pershore Horticulture College joined what was by now an established Garden Centre in 1987 over the Garden Centre. Now the whole family is involved in running the Garden Centre. (three generations).


1974:

Mrs Self busy watering plants.

Mrs Self busy watering plants

1983:

Major expansion of the garden centre begins.

Major expansion of the garden centre begins

Completion of the development at Lacock.

Completion of the development at Lacock

1988:

Development of the till area and main shop at Lacock.

Development of the till area and main shop at Lacock

1996:

Whitehall Farm changes the farming operation from dairy farming and establishes our herd of Aberdeen Angus.

Aberdeen Angus

2000:

Whitehall diversifies into Tourism with the Maize Maze summer attraction.

Maize Maze

2001:

Whitehall purchases the business of Norton Nurseries at Whitchurch, Bristol.

Norton Nurseries at Whitchurch

Wild West Maize Maze at Lacock.

Wild West Maize Maze

The Garden Club is launched.

Garden Club is launched

The introduction of Texel & commercial Sheep flock Whitehall Farm Ltd.

Texel & commercial Sheep flock Whitehall Farm Ltd

2002:

Established Whitehall Food Halls Ltd.

Whitehall Food Halls Ltd

Established Whitehall Fresh Farm Ltd

Whitehall Fresh Farm Ltd

2004:

Mrs Self opens the newly refurnished "Wild Poppy" restaurant at Whitehall Garden Centre, Whitchurch.

Wild Poppy

The restaurant at Lacock is purchased and re-launched as the "Wild Poppy" restaurant and is now operated by Whitehall Restaurants Ltd.

Wild Poppy

The "Wild Poppy" restaurant at Whitchurch fully operational April 2004.

"Wild Poppy" restaurant

2006:

The New Whitehall Aquatic Centre opened on Wednesday 7th March 2006. Mrs Self cut the ribbon and customers celebrated with free Bucks Fizz.

New Whitehall Aquatic Centre

2007:

New Reclaimed Oak Furniture Showrooms opened in March 2007 at Whitchurch.

New Reclaimed Oak Furniture Showrooms

New Reclaimed Oak Furniture Showrooms opened in March 2007 at Lacock.

New Reclaimed Oak Furniture Showrooms

September 2007 - Re Vamp of Whitchurch Garden Centre including 150 Seater Restauant with lounge area.

Re Vamp of Whitchurch Garden Centre

Mrs Self turns 100 in November 2007. Here are some pictures celebrating being Britains oldest boss.

Britains oldest boss

2008:

Mrs Self is awarded the MBE.

Mrs Self is awarded the MBE
Three generations of our family business. Three generations of our family business.

2010:

Whitehall Garden Centre release the first edition of their mail order catalogues for plants.

Mail order catalogues

2011:

Whitehall Garden Centre purchase and take over the running of the Lacock village shop.

Lacock village shop
Major expansion of our seasonal area at Lacock. Major expansion of our seasonal area at Lacock
Christmas 2011 see's the first year of our Winter Wonderland ice rink at Lacock. Winter Wonderland ice rink at Lacock

2012:

A brand new renovated gift section has lauched at Lacock in 2012. This has since been complimented by a new fashion sesction and toy shop.
Gift Section
Our renowned dig for victory weekend made a return to Lacock. Accompnied by 2 seperate flypasts, it was certainly our biggest and best ever. World War 2 Weekend
Circus Ginnett made a return to Whitchurch for a Christmas show. They also provided shows at Lacock throughout the Childrens holidays. Circus Ginnett
New and improved 300m2 Ice Rink with heated Cafe for Christmas 2012. Real Ice Rink At Lacock
Our largest ever Christmas sections were launched at Lacock and Whitchurch at the end of October. Largest Christmas Section Ever At Whitehall

2013

Our Lavender Lodge Tea Room & Bistro opens at Lacock in May 2014. Serving an assortment of luxury coffees and cakes as well as other varieties of food.

Lavender Lodge
Our revamped toy area is launched at Lacock.

It is with deep sadness that our much loved director, Mrs Phyllis Self passed away in August 2013.

Santa arrives at Whitehall Lacock with a bang in November!

Our Ice Rink spectacular returns once again to Lacock. Providing a wonderful outdoor winter experience to many families across the South West.


2014

It is with great sadness to announce our Chairman Chris Self, has passed away after a short illness is May. 


Whitehall, Lacock received a £400,000 grant to install 2 biomass generators. It is estimated that these biomass energy cabins will help to reduce energy costs by up to 70% while drastically reducing our carbon footprint.


 

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