The name of J. Shipley has been synonymous with plumbing in South Tyneside now for over sixty years. At the beginning of World War II all tradesmen were drafted into the Nationalized industries, such as shipyards, coal mines and various factories to manufacture much needed goods. Mr Shipley as a time served pipe-fitter was no exception.
When the hostilities were over Mr Shipley invested in a property on Dean Road, which even today is known as J. Shipley & Co. Many plumbers on South Tyneside owe their craft to Mr Shipley; he also went on to become a Lecturer at the local college. Mr Shipley commanded respect and admiration from his customers for his honesty, integrity and the quality of service provided. Unfortunately in 1968 due to ill health Mr Shipley was forced to retire.
A meeting was arranged with the present owner’s father Albert Surtees with a view to the present owner’s father purchasing the business in Dean Road, the sale was agreed with the proviso that the name of Shipley be retained and the promise that Albert would keep the good will and the respected name of J. Shipley.
Nigel, Albert’s son worked his way through the business and took over completely a number of years ago. Nigel has been in the heating engineering business now for over 35 years. He has developed a company that is profitable and stable, even during times of economic instability. He has witnessed the demise of other respected businesses in the same industry and has developed a brand that, though not national, is respected and understood within the North East area.
The third generation of the Surtees family in the form of Nigel’s son Anthony, after serving his apprenticeship with the company is now a fully qualified engineer, and carries on the proud tradition of the J. Shipley extended family.