An unfortunate work-related injury some 144 years ago resulted in the birth and emergence of one of Chesterfield’s longest-standing institutions. For it was in 1875 that Isaac Eyre of Barrow Hill, near Chesterfield was left jobless, and needed to find a way of earning income to raise his family. Necessity was the mother of invention and, from a humble start of buying and selling sewing machines and mangles, Victorian Eyres was born.

From the Beginning

Being a likeable sort of chap, Isaac made friends with all his customers, and his little enterprise grew to a size which enabled him to move to a shop in the centre of Chesterfield at 3 Holywell Street, which prospered. By the time his son had joined him, they had expanded into the making of furniture, a product in much demand by the prosperous middle classes that were emerging in that age of Victorian prosperity.

The company moved to bigger premises on Holywell Street in 1891, which, to this day remains the Eyres store. In 1894 the firm registered as Eyre & Sons Ltd. In 1897 Eyres became the largest Furnishing Store in the Midlands. Their reputation spread so far that people came from miles around to buy their furniture!

Over the years the company grew in size until in the mid-1980s there were 12 stores trading. In 1985 most of these closed down & Charles Summers formed Eyres of Chesterfield in his great Grandfather’s original premises where we are now based.  In 1980 Charles became a Member of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers who are the City of London Livery Company & Charity for the furnishing industry.

Charles Summers, the Business Manager, is Isaac Eyre’s great-great grandson, and is rightly proud of his firm’s reputation.

“We believe strongly in personal attention without sales pressure. Within the building, the staff are knowledgeable and hard-working; they offer an unrivalled service in satisfying the needs of all our customers, whose response is reflected both in the wide area from which they come, and in our successful trading position.”

Eyres Homestore

2019 will be a statement year in the history of Eyres. Whilst investing in a state-of-the-art eCommerce website, Eyres have reinvested in their store, giving a greater selection of furniture and associated home furnishings. This includes new departments for kids, nursery, kitchens, bathrooms and home media. The creation of a complete homestore resonates with the history of Eyres and the progression of services offered to their customers old and new.

With over one million pounds’ worth of stock of sofas, dining, bedroom and occasional furniture, beds, carpets, curtains, mirrors and lighting, Eyres offers the people of Chesterfield, and surrounding towns and villages, an unrivalled choice of famous brands of furniture from the UK and beyond.

Top furniture brand names include G Plan, Duresta, Parker Knoll, Nathan, Ercol, Old Charm, Stressless and Himola, to name but a few; the range of beds comprises high quality displays from many of the leading manufacturers, including Harrison, Tempur and Myers; high seat and rise and recline chairs feature the very best from Cintique, Celebrity and Sherborne, and contemporary, original and unique paintings, prints and artwork adorn the walls throughout. Alongside traditional brands, a contemporary room offers the discerning customer furniture and art, which is at the cutting edge of fashion and technology. Minimalist and modern, the furniture and prints offer wonderful alternatives to more conservative displays.

When it comes to value for money, Eyres of Chesterfield are confident they won’t be beaten on price for all leading brand names. Combining a subtle balance of traditional values and continuous progression, Eyres has deserved its standing as not only a highly-respected, long-established family business, but also its status as a Chesterfield institution and landmark.