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South Downs Heritage Centre

Artists & Makers

Richard Fikkert

 

Capturing the fragrance of an English country garden for over one hundred years...

The original business has come a long way since it was founded in Bradford in 1903, the brainchild of my great-great-uncle Everard Carter. 

Early product lines included such fascinating remedies and potions as Cherry’s Slumber Tea, Neoklenz herbal laxative, Nutona and various cough mixtures and liniments, the most notable being BarkOff Therm-O-Rub, Infurno and Dr. Norman’s Asthma Cigarettes!

My father Dirk Fikkert joined the business in 1946 shortly followed by his brother-in-law Barry Taylor in 1950. Both contributed experience and creativity that undoubtedly set the scene for some of the ranges we sell today. The very first range, ‘Fruits of Nature’, took to the shelves in 1980, coinciding more or less with the time that my sister and I became involved in the company.

Whilst there is not much call today for many of the original herbal products, the knowledge, science and ingredients used in these original formulations is still relevant to the products we produce today.

As a family business, we have the privilege of being answerable only to ourselves when it comes to company ethics. Our company has a friendly approach to customers, suppliers and staff alike and we believe that our commitment to quality and customer service is indeed a key to our success.

Our aim has always been to create innovative and exciting products, and wherever possible to use the very best and most natural ingredients.

Fresh herbs & plants are used in abundance for extractions and infusions. We do not use animal products or do any testing on animals and use recyclable glass where possible.

 

 

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Richard Fikkert

Medium(s):

Home Fragrance, Personal Care

Richard Fikkert

Medium(s):

Home Fragrance, Personal Care

Richard Fikkert

 

Capturing the fragrance of an English country garden for over one hundred years...

The original business has come a long way since it was founded in Bradford in 1903, the brainchild of my great-great-uncle Everard Carter. 

Early product lines included such fascinating remedies and potions as Cherry’s Slumber Tea, Neoklenz herbal laxative, Nutona and various cough mixtures and liniments, the most notable being BarkOff Therm-O-Rub, Infurno and Dr. Norman’s Asthma Cigarettes!

My father Dirk Fikkert joined the business in 1946 shortly followed by his brother-in-law Barry Taylor in 1950. Both contributed experience and creativity that undoubtedly set the scene for some of the ranges we sell today. The very first range, ‘Fruits of Nature’, took to the shelves in 1980, coinciding more or less with the time that my sister and I became involved in the company.

Whilst there is not much call today for many of the original herbal products, the knowledge, science and ingredients used in these original formulations is still relevant to the products we produce today.

As a family business, we have the privilege of being answerable only to ourselves when it comes to company ethics. Our company has a friendly approach to customers, suppliers and staff alike and we believe that our commitment to quality and customer service is indeed a key to our success.

Our aim has always been to create innovative and exciting products, and wherever possible to use the very best and most natural ingredients.

Fresh herbs & plants are used in abundance for extractions and infusions. We do not use animal products or do any testing on animals and use recyclable glass where possible.

 

 

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Heritage Centre Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 - 17:30
Sunday: 10:30 - 16:30 (Browsing from 10:00) 

The Barn Coffee Shop & Restaurant Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 - 17:30
Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

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Tates Of Sussex

The South Downs Heritage Centre is located at South Downs Nurseries, part of the Tates of Sussex Garden Centre Group