A shop in Ribble Valley which has been trading for over three hundred years faces permanent closure. Brabin’s Shop and Tea Room in Chipping has been at the heart of the community since 1684 when Chipping Wool merchant John Brabin purchased it for the good of the village.
Over the course of three centuries the building has been an undertakers, post office and butchers and in it’s current form, a shop and tea room. Owner Roy Pinkett put Brabin’s on the market last September after his wife fell ill but has revealed that unless a buyer comes forward by the end of next month, he will have no option but to close it. He described the business as being ‘part and parcel of village life’.
Chairman of the parish council, Paul Hunt has commented saying ‘It would be a shame to loose Brabin’s…we don’t know what the future holds’.