The story of Neal’s Yard – past, present and future

Neal’s Yard recently hosted a Neal’s Yard storytelling to celebrate its past and imagine its future.


The event marked the 40-year anniversary of the opening of the Neal’s Yard Wholefood Warehouse, which was the start of an alternative Neal’s Yard. It also celebrated the publication of The Neal’s Yard Story, a re-release of Nicholas Albery’s 1987 booklet about Neal’s Yard, with a new foreword by Anja Saunders, bringing the story up to date. Full of photos and first-hand accounts, it is a fascinating tale of a piece of living social history and is available to buy from the Kindle store or as a free download.

The Neal’s Yard Story event was filled with Neal’s Yarders who shared the past, current and future stories of Neal’s Yard, from its earliest days with Nicholas Saunders and the birth of Neal’s Yard Dairy, Neal’s Yard Remedies, the World Food Cafe, Monmouth Street Coffee and more, to its newest members of the community, such as 26 Grains.

Among the laughter and reminiscences were full-hearted discussions of “what does Neal’s Yard mean to you?” – what are its values, what are the things that make it special and need to be treasured and enabled to grow and flourish as a unique community? We’ll be continuing the discussion over here – please join in.

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