History & Heritage


Founded in 1875 by Samuel Nicholls, Nicholls & Clarke started life solely as Builders Merchants involved mainly in Glass, Lead, Oil and as Colour Merchants. Servicing the capitals building trades, Nicholls & Clarke were based at the heart of London at Shoreditch High Street, which housed the Nicholls & Clarke building since the 17th century, surviving two World Wars and emerging virtually unscathed.



With a breadth of invaluable experience and expertise developed over 140 years, Nicholls & Clarke have flourished into major UK manufacturers, distributors and retailers of building products with a successful exports division  The history of Nicholls & Clarke is broad and reflects the social and economic history of the country over three centuries of change.


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