Welcome to our image bank of past to present day.
We hope you enjoy the nostalgia over the past 119 years!
In 1892 W.W.Bateman, a civil engineer and County road builder from Chesterfield married Iris Butcher in Stroud, and so started 119 years of Sports retailing. The first photograph shows W.W. Bateman outside the shop in Gloucester Street named in 1892, after his wife’s maiden name.
In 1893 the shop was renamed Batemans and was known as ‘Stroud and County Sports Depot’. There were only two other sports shops in the whole of Gloucestershire at that time. Just like the others Batemans sold cigarettes and tobacco.
A few sample windows of the past, they crammed it in!