RJ Balson and Son Ltd
Business Address: RJ Balson and Son Ltd, 9 West Allington, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5BJ
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About RJ Balson and Son Ltd
The Balson family have been butchers since 1535 and deal in the highest quality meat, poultry and game, make a range of speciality foods, and offer an unrivalled, old fashioned service.
In 1535, John Balson began trading as a butcher from a market shambles in South Street, Bridport.
At that time Henry VIII was still married to Anne Boleyn, the first complete English language translation of the Bible was printed in Antwerp by William Tynedale and Miles Coverdale, and Peru, the Galapagos Islands and Quebec were discovered.
Since then, dozens of family members have passed their butchery skills down through 25 generations, making us Britain's oldest family business.
Our current Master Butchers are Richard Balson and Brother-in-Law Rudi Boulay, who married Jane Boulay (nee Balson).
Richard and Rudi were trained by Master Butcher Donald Balson, Richard and Jane's father. He started with the firm in 1938 and always maintained that his first task was to go out into the fields to catch our horse before he could begin the day's deliveries. After 73 years service to the firm, interrupted only by service to HM Navy during the 1940s, Donald sadly passed away in 2011.
From 1880, until this day, our shop has been in West Allington, Bridport, not far from its original location and we continue to deal in the highest quality meat, poultry and game, make our own range of speciality foods, and offer an unrivalled, old fashioned service.