Our heritage

Established by Edward Butcher in 1884, O&C Butcher has been a part of Aldeburgh High Street for 130 years. A family run business by the Butchers, Cooks and now Staceys, our longevity counts for something, underpinning our ethos and attraction, it’s a key characteristic of the business. The image shown above was taken circa 1930 and shows the shop in it's current position 129-131 on Aldeburgh High Street. The iconic shop front that we adore today with the little foyer and central display was added soon after.

The Original Shop c1888

129 High Street c1900

First Sales Ledger 1884

The O and C comes from Owen and Clifford Butcher, Edward’s sons who joined the business after WW1, around the same time as we moved to the current site at 129-131 High Street.

Originally operating as a General Stores, we have concentrated solely on clothing and footwear since the 1960’s, when the Cook family took over. However, old photos show coats and boots for sale right back at the beginning, so we can justifiably say we have been clothing the ladies and gentlemen of Aldeburgh since 1884.

W H Stacey & Son

Meanwhile in the early 1900's over on the Suffolk/Norfolk border the Stacey family were busy establishing their own retail empire. Richard Stacey joined his Father and Grandfather in the family business in 1966 and managed menswear, ladieswear, shoe shops and home furnishing stores in Harleston and Bungay. 

As Richard got closer to retirement he reduced the businesses to just focus on Stacey's Menswear in Harleston. Richard's son James had previously worked in corporate banking in London but with a desire to be on the other side of the table and to learn the family trade, he and Richard bought O&C Butcher in Aldeburgh in 2007 and closed down Stacey's of Harleston.

2007 - A New Start for a New Family

Richard worked with James for several years to pass on his invaluable experience and knowledge of clothing retail before he swapped it for spending more time at the fishing lake. Sadly Richard passed away in 2020 but James is so grateful to have been able to work alongside him.

James and his wife Sarah have had three children since moving from Cambridge to Suffolk and have been welcomed into the arms of O&C Butcher by staff and customers alike. Many of the staff have served for over 20 years and it truly is one of the great institutions of Aldeburgh.