Clarkes the Butchers History

Based in Sixpenny Handley, East Dorset our family butchers business is over 100 years old. We pride ourselves in providing quality local meats and fine foods. We are also able to provide a slaughter and cutting service for farmers and producers in our small abattoir.

William Clarke started our business in 1915. Prior to this William travelled with his horse and cart, selling meat throughout the local area. The original butcher's shop was at the bottom of the village in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. He then moved to number 57 High Street where the shop is to this day.

William was followed into the Butcher business by his sons Norman and Gordon. Norman's son John has run the shop for the last 25 years. The team has a combined total of over 90 years butchery experience.

The shop front is quite unusual with its unique carvings on either side. The carvings show ram's heads and the hindquarters of cattle. The story goes that the carvings were done by a travelling craftsman in exchange for his board and keep.

WS Clarke the Butcher, Sixpenny Handley, Old Shop Front Clarkes the Butchers New Shop