The Gamleys chain of toy shops was founded in 1919 by Bill Lord, the principle of the name being that it would spring to mind when people thought of toy-sellers, being an amalgam of Gamages and Hamleys, arguably the country's two most famous toyshops – neither of which Gamleys had any relationship with. Towards the end, Gamleys had a chain of seventeen stores across the South-East, including Brighton, Hove, Littlehampton, Eastbourne and Hastings.
The company was based in Hove, and had a shop in Imperial Parade for around fifty years before it moved to the Churchill Square Shopping Centre in 2001. They also had a presence in the Eastbourne Arndale Centre from its opening in 1980.
Gamages closed several stores through 2007/2008, sold the Brighton and Maidstone stores to The Entertainer in 2008, and then closed its last store and closed down in late 2008.
- Gamleys, Unit 2 Newtown Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 7BA
- Gamleys, 40 Devonshire Road, Bexhill On Sea TN40 1AX
- Gamleys, 49 High Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1RX
- Gamleys, Unit 86 Churchill Square, Brighton BN1 2TD
- Gamleys, 11 Imperial Arcade, Brighton BN1 3EA
- Gamleys, 269 The Glades Shopping Centre, Bromley BR1 1DN
- Gamleys, 12 Haslett Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1HS
- Gamleys, 17 ARNDALE CENTRE, Eastbourne BN21 3NW
- Gamleys, 40-41 Queens Road, Hastings TN34 1RE
- Gamleys, 66-68 Church Road, Hove BN3 2FP
- Gamleys, Water Lane, Maidstone ME15 6AR
- Gamleys, 34-36 The Walnuts, Orpington BR6 0TW
- Gamleys, 38 The Belfry, Redhill RH1 1SE
- Gamleys, West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton SO15 1QA
- Gamleys, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1WA
- Gamleys, 43 Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1PN
- Gamleys, 30-36 Portland Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 1QN
Not to be confused with:
- Memories of Gamleys toy shop (mybrightonandhove.org.uk)
- All Change for Toy Store, Brighton move (theargus.co.uk) – 7th August 2001
- Sussex's oldest toyseller closes branches (theargus.co.uk) – 16th May 2008
- Gamleys toy store is closing down (eastbourneherald.co.uk) – 31st July 2008
- Sad day for store staff (kentonline.co.uk) – 26th August 2008
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