Here at Walter Bailey, we’ve been delivering businesses in Devon and Cornwall with agricultural, building and equestrian supplies since 1928. We offer a country friendly service to go with our ever expanding range of products, and have excellent members of our team that have an in-depth knowledge of all of our supplies
Our journey into becoming an agricultural store began back in 1924 with Walter Bailey mixing and selling animal feed. Although he didn’t have a shop, he had a tin bath in his cottage to store the feed and that was where the story began…
Walter Bailey delivered the feed himself in a wheelbarrow to customers who kept a small number of animals such as chickens or pigs. As Walter became more successful and the business grew, he was able to upgrade from the wheelbarrow to a pony and trap.
Further down the line, Walter managed to get his own small lorry to deliver to Walter Bailey customers. A shed on St Andrew’s Road was used as a storage holding, and that same shed is still used by the family today.
Andrew took over the business from his dad, and along with his two brothers ran it for several years before handing over the reins to son David in 2001. Ever since then, he could be found in his trusty tipper, always ready to lend a helping hand. On the flip side, he was also ready to fire off a string of expletives should something go wrong – sure to be accompanied by the sight of his cap flung across the yard in despair!
An unprecedented turnout to his funeral in the summer of 2021 only served to cement his reputation with local builders and farmers alike. AB (as he was affectionately known) was an integral part of the company in his lifetime, and his practices and advice continue to influence us today.
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A keen farmer, Margaret assists with the accounting and admin duties while also tending to her herd of much loved Belted Galloways.
Since taking over the reins of the company in 2001, David has continued the company tradition of friendly and exceptional customer service.
Liz is our Transport Manager and also covers all HR duties. Nothing makes her happier than spending time with her horse and dogs.
Andrew started working in the yard in 2016 and has fitted in admirably, quickly becoming responsible for all bagging operations, from aggregates to fuel.
After completing a degree in journalism, Callum assists in the day-to-day running of our Trade counter, as well as helping with the companies online presence.
Following the completion of her Sports course at Truro College, Charley is now a full-time member of our shop staff, spending her spare time with her horse.
David is a new member of our Trade counter team, helping on the phones and behind the counter.
Having joined the company in 2011, Harvey has quickly set about upgrading and streamlining the IT and administration systems to keep us moving forward.
Jess comes from a farming background and came to work full time for Walter Bailey Ltd in 2017, after working for an on-line Agricultural Business.
Jess is our purchasing manager sorting all the ordering for shop supplies, a keen animal and music lover who rides her two horses and milks cows in her spare time.
Katrina has 15 years of pet store experience under her belt, and enjoys hacking out with her horse in the evenings and weekends.
Previously a carpenter for over 10 years, Luke now runs our trade counter, and has a wealth of knowledge of the building aspect of the business.
Pat has amassed a wealth of experience driving forklifts and telehandlers since 1973, and is responsible for organising and gathering deliveries.
Sam is our Delivery Manager, a a former semi-professional rugby career at Redruth RFC, and back-to-back county champion while playing for Cornwall.
Steve is our principal Trade Buyer, maintaining strong links with both suppliers and customers in order to offer a quick and reliable turnaround of products.
Zak, now a member of our driving team, started working in the yard in 2015, after completing an apprenticeship in masonry with a local builder.