Celebrating 160-years in business

To celebrate its 160th year in business, our client Bishop’s Move – the UK’s largest family owned removals company – has re-traced its historic steps at the Westminster Archives and published its transformation in pictures. The company, which is currently run by the sixth generation of Bishops, was founded in 1854 by Joseph James Bishop, a labourer from Norfolk who came to London to join Robert Peel’s newly established police force.

J.J. as he was known, left the police force after a short time and opened a green grocers in Elizabeth Street, London SW1 from where he developed the business to include moving household furniture and effects. This soon evolved to become a general cartage and removals business, with a small yard in what was then the village of Pimlico, SW1.

Amongst the archives was a press clipping from The Brighton Argus from 1983; a 1939 press clipping from what was then, the Evening Standard; and numerous images including these below which show the parked Royal Carriages outside its original Pimlico branch in 1972. At Sherlock PR, we have ensured Bishop’s Move’s key messages and historic tales have been featured in The Brighton Argus along with the original 1983 press clipping, as seen below.

Royal Reception 1972 Victoria


Bishop’s Move now employs 350 staff and has a fleet of 150 removal vehicles. It has 25 Branches across the UK with 2 European branches, in Gibraltar and Spain.

At Sherlock PR we consider ourselves very fortunate to work with such an esteemed and established business such as Bishop’s Move, who have withstood the test of many generations. We wish them the very best in their 160th year.




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