Former employees at Rolle Quay in Barnstaple, where RGB was first established and operated as Rawle, Gammon & Baker.

RGB Building Supplies searching for its past

Published:  24 March, 2016

RGB Building Supplies, which was established in 1850, is asking tradesmen and women to help it collate a record of its 166-year history.

Now operating out of 16 branches across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, RGB wants to create an archive of its rich past, detailing the people who worked for the company in years gone by, as well as what was going on in the wider community throughout this period.

Therefore, if anyone has old receipts, leaflets, brochures, quotes or photos, or knows someone who has an RGB-related story to tell, the builders’ merchant would like to hear from them.

Keith Harris, product and marketing manager at RGB Building Supplies, said: “Last year we donated five bogie rail trucks to the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. These were used from the early 1900s to the late 1960s to move timber around our old Pilton Yard in Barnstaple, and it was these that got us thinking about trying to find other pieces of RGB’s past. So, whether something is five years or 50 years old, we’re looking to create a comprehensive record of our history and would love to see what items or memories people in the local community have.”

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