Hardings at Fifty Six High Street celebrate two milestones

An independent business in Salisbury, Hardings at Fifty Six High Street, is celebrating two milestones this year: 125 years of family ownership and 60 years as a Post Office.

An independent business in Salisbury, Hardings at Fifty Six High Street, is celebrating two milestones this year: 125 years of family ownership and 60 years as a Post Office.

Situated on Salisbury’s High Street, just 30 meters from the Cathedral’s 13th century gate, Hardings at Fifty Six High Street is an independently owned gift shop and is home to the last-standing Post Office in the city centre.  

To mark the occasion and to thank customers for their support customers are being given a commemorative jute shopping bag (for those spending over £10, whilst stocks last).

Nicola Saddler (nee Harding), owner of Hardings at Fifty Six High Street said: “I’m immensely proud to be able to continue our family business and to celebrate our history and achievements over the generations.

“Family businesses on High Streets are becoming a rare occurrence nowadays, but our success is thanks to our loyal customers in Salisbury and the tourists who continue to shop with us. It’s for this reason that we are celebrating 60 years of business by giving our customers a commemorative shopping bag.

“I’m also very grateful to my team; they all work so hard and without them I wouldn’t be able to open the door tomorrow.”

Salisbury BID Director, Chair of Salisbury Indies and owner of Casa Fina, Susi Mason, added: “These are such fabulous milestones to be celebrating; many congratulations to Nicola.

“It’s anniversaries like this that remind us of the importance of shopping local and independent. We want to continue celebrating independent businesses in Salisbury in years to come, and we can only do that if people continue to shop local.”

The history of 56 High Street, Salisbury

In 1895 a cabinet maker (Richard Harding) bought 56 High Street from a shoemaker (Bernard Newman). Richard and his son (Leo Harding) used the premises to run a successful antiques business.

65 years later in 1960, Leo’s daughter (Leonora) opened the current Post Office and gift shop with her polish husband; a retired RAF fighter pilot. When her husband died, Leonora reverted to her maiden name of Harding and with her son (Peter Harding) named the business Hardings.

Leonora and Peter worked together for many years but when Leonora retired, a vacancy was created, and it was at this point Peter’s daughter (Nicola Harding) joined the family business. They ran the business together until his retirement in 2010.

Today, Nicola runs the family business alone and employs 8 members of staff. She’s the 5th generation to run a business at 56 High Street, Salisbury and is the 3rd generation of Postmaster.

FREE commemorative Salisbury shopping bag

On Saturday 29th February 2020, Hardings at Fifty Six High Street will be giving away FREE commemorative Salisbury shopping bags to the first 30 customers who quote the name of Nicola's Grandmother.