Fencing shops in London/Edinburgh

Fencing shops in London/Edinburgh

Post by David Co » Tue, 21 Jun 1994 12:07:33


Hi all,
  I'm about to go on a holiday, and will be spending about 5 days each in
London and Edinburgh. I've heard that I _must_ visit Leon Paul in London -
does anyone have an address for the shop ? Also, are there any other
fencing stores I should visit ?

(I've only been fencing for about 3 months, but if there are any clubs in
London or Edinburgh that could handle an equimentless fencer training with
them for an evening, I'd be happy to come along ... anyone know of any ?)

Thanks in advance,

--

Assistant Computer Manager, Stats, Pure and Applied Maths, Adelaide Uni.

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Fencing shops in London/Edinburgh

Post by Colin Perki » Tue, 21 Jun 1994 19:07:30

Quote:

>Hi all,
>  I'm about to go on a holiday, and will be spending about 5 days each in
>London and Edinburgh. I've heard that I _must_ visit Leon Paul in London -
>does anyone have an address for the shop ? Also, are there any other
>fencing stores I should visit ?

I wouldn't bother visiting Paul, each time I've been there they've
generally been out of stock for half the items I've wanted, and when
I've finally got the stuff it's been poor quality, and overpriced...
Still, if you want to visit the address is:

        Leon Paul Ltd.,
        14 New North Street,
        London, WC1.
        Tel. 071 405 3832

I think that Holborn (sp?) is the nearest tube station.

Other fencing shops? Blades in Staines is the other one I know, but I
don't have the address with me at the minute....

Colin

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Department of Electronics, University of York, UK.  Phone: (+44) 904 432379

 
 
 

Fencing shops in London/Edinburgh

Post by Jessie Mical » Tue, 21 Jun 1994 21:44:59

Quote:
>>  I'm about to go on a holiday, and will be spending about 5 days each in
>>London and Edinburgh. I've heard that I _must_ visit Leon Paul in London -
>>does anyone have an address for the shop ? Also, are there any other
>>fencing stores I should visit ?
>I wouldn't bother visiting Paul, each time I've been there they've
>generally been out of stock for half the items I've wanted, and when
>I've finally got the stuff it's been poor quality, and overpriced...
>Still, if you want to visit the address is:
>        Leon Paul Ltd.,
>        14 New North Street,
>        London, WC1.
>        Tel. 071 405 3832
>Colin

I was in London about 2 years ago and visited Leon Paul.  I was thinking
about buying a reel for our club, but found (to my great surprise) that they
would not take my credit card and just wanted cash.  Perhaps it was just
because I was an American, but you may want to check ahead of time if you
plan on making any major purchases (or take lots of cash!).
   The shop was interesting.  It (and the gentleman behind the counter)
looked like something out of***ens.
   As for fencing clubs in London - there are many.  Unfortunately I no
longer have the complete list.  I do have a flyer from the Poly Fencing Club
which is located at the Polytechnic of Central London (309 Regents St WI -
nearest tube Oxford Circus).  They meet 5 nights a week.  Visitors are
welcome; in 1992 they charged 3 pounds for an evening of fencing - 7 pounds
with a lesson.  I imagine they provide equipment.  I didn't have a chance to
actually fence there (they don't meet on weekends), but it sounds like they
have a nice program.  At the time, they had four fencing masters. There are
lots of other clubs as well.  I wrote to the British Fencing
Association (I'm not sure of the exact name of this group or its
address, perhaps you can get these via the official organization in
Australia), and they sent me a listing of all the clubs for all the towns
I visited in the UK.  Have a nice holiday!

Jessie A. Micales

U.S. Forest Products Laboratory
Durendal Fencing Club

 
 
 

Fencing shops in London/Edinburgh

Post by Tom Buchan » Tue, 21 Jun 1994 21:57:27

Quote:


>Subject: Re: Fencing shops in London/Edinburgh
>Date: 20 Jun 1994 10:07:30 GMT


>>Hi all,
>>  I'm about to go on a holiday, and will be spending about 5 days each in
>>London and Edinburgh. I've heard that I _must_ visit Leon Paul in London -
>>does anyone have an address for the shop ? Also, are there any other
>>fencing stores I should visit ?
>I wouldn't bother visiting Paul, each time I've been there they've
>generally been out of stock for half the items I've wanted, and when
>I've finally got the stuff it's been poor quality, and overpriced...
>Still, if you want to visit the address is:
>        Leon Paul Ltd.,
>        14 New North Street,
>        London, WC1.
>        Tel. 071 405 3832
>I think that Holborn (sp?) is the nearest tube station.
>Other fencing shops? Blades in Staines is the other one I know, but I
>don't have the address with me at the minute....

Blades:
35 Edinburgh Drive
Staines
Middlesex
TW18 1PJ

Tel. 0784 255522
fax. 0784 245942

Shop open mon-sat 9.30 - 5.30, closed all day wed and sun

Quote:
>Colin

There are no other 'shops' as such that I know of, although Sporteq in
Dorset will (i think) allow people to come in and see their stuff by mutual
arrangement, don't have contact details handy though.

Despite the 'Edinburgh Drive' Address, Blades is actually in the London
Area. There are no shops which sell fencing equipment in Edinburgh.

You also asked about clubs - I'd advise getting in touch with the AFA:

The Amateur Fencing Association
1 Baron's Gate
33 - 35 Rothschild Road
London
W4 5HT

Tel ???? (Phone up directory enquiries)

For info about clubs in London.

Ashamed to admit I don't actually have an adress for SAFU (Scottish Amateur
Fencing Union) handy - I think It may hev changed with the appointment of
the new administrator anyway. The AFA should be able to give you details as
to this.

Hope this Helps.

Cheers,

Tom.

 
 
 

Fencing shops in London/Edinburgh

Post by Caroline Colli » Thu, 23 Jun 1994 05:54:10



Quote:

> >        Leon Paul Ltd.,
> >        14 New North Street,
> >        London, WC1.
> >        Tel. 071 405 3832

> I was in London about 2 years ago and visited Leon Paul.  I was thinking
> about buying a reel for our club, but found (to my great surprise) that they
> would not take my credit card and just wanted cash.  Perhaps it was just
> because I was an American, but you may want to check ahead of time if you
> plan on making any major purchases (or take lots of cash!).

It wasn't just because you're American. Leon Paul only began accepting
credit cards last autumn.

Quote:
>    As for fencing clubs in London - there are many.  Unfortunately I no
> longer have the complete list.  I do have a flyer from the Poly Fencing Club
> which is located at the Polytechnic of Central London (309 Regents St WI -
> nearest tube Oxford Circus).  They meet 5 nights a week.  Visitors are
> welcome; in 1992 they charged 3 pounds for an evening of fencing - 7 pounds
> with a lesson.  I imagine they provide equipment.  I didn't have a chance to
> actually fence there (they don't meet on weekends), but it sounds like they
> have a nice program.  At the time, they had four fencing masters.  

Quite a few Polytechnics became Universities recently, so the Poly may have
changed its name. As far as I know, the only other change is a slight
increase in the visitors fee. Last time I fenced there I think it was 4 or
5. They do provide equipment.

--
Caroline Collins