There has been a long history of business and commerce in and around the village, dating back to the brickworks and iron foundry during Victorian times. Please refer to Businesses of the Past for more information.
Today, Rowland’s Castle is currently home to a large number of thriving businesses, in the village and on the Stansted Estate. So many in fact, that they have been divided into four categories – Shops (on this page), Hospitality, Services and Stansted Businesses.
Home Hardware is a family run business with over 50 years’ experience. The Winnicott family set up their building company, RJ Winnicott Ltd, in 1904, and as it grew, moved their offices to Rowlands Castle in 1975. They built this hardware shop in 1976, having started trading in 1966, out of converted cow sheds on the same site. In 1991 a second hardware shop in Emsworth was added to the business, a third in Romsey in 2000 and in 2006, the fourth in Alton. In 2011 the 3 shops in Midhurst, Petworth and Billingshurst were added.
The family take great pride in providing a modern yet traditional retail outlet in the village. Being part of the Home Hardware group enables them to strengthen their purchasing power, which in turn gives greater value to the customer. The friendly and experienced staff of 12 (5 villagers) have excellent product knowledge to assist you with their 15,000 stock lines and are happy to order items they do not have in stock. They also offer a local delivery service.
The store is also home to a branch of the Post Office, offering all the usual facilities. Website: Local Home Hardware
Londis is owned by its individual store owners, which makes it a friendly independent Retailer with great deals on big brand products. The Rowlands Castle store is owned and run by Chris Young and his wife. The store is open seven days a week to provide everything you need conveniently on your doorstep.
Many products are locally sourced such as fresh bread daily from Westbourne Bakery. Website: Londis
Rowlands Castle Pharmacy is an Independent NHS Community Pharmacy, attached to the doctor’s surgery. It provides a full range of NHS & Private pharmacy services including one-off and repeat prescriptions, private prescriptions, NHS winter flu vaccination service, anti-malarial medication and Healthy Living Advice. They also offer a free Prescription Daily Delivery service to Clanfield, Cowplain, Emsworth, Havant, Horndean, Rowlands Castle and Westbourne.
The pharmacy stocks a wide range of over-the-counter medicines plus health, beauty, skincare, personal hygiene and baby products. Award winning pharmacist owners, Kay and Nemesh Patel lead a team of six dispensers and medicine counter assistants, offering a wealth of experience and expertise to the community.
Rowlands Castle Pharmacy was nominated at the NHS Parliamentary Care Awards 2020 for services to the Health Sector during the Covid-19 Pandemic and was also awarded UK Community Pharmacist of the Year 2017. Website: Pharmacy
The Style Studio offers both hair and beauty treatments by a team of experienced hairstylists and beauticians.
Your visit here will be greeted by a caring team who will listen to your needs and offer advice in a relaxed atmosphere. Hair – from a complete makeover to a simple trim, you can rely on the experienced stylists to listen, offer advice and create your new look. Beauty – spend some much needed ‘me’ time and pamper yourself with a beauty treatment or two. Special packages – for special occasions, such as weddings, proms or a day at races, book to have your hair and makeup done to get the day off to the perfect start. Website: Style Studio