Our History

Since 1968, we’ve supplied families with furniture to help showcase who they are where it matters most – the home. We understand your choice in sofas, dining tables and everything else can say a lot about who you are, and that’s why we offer the variety of styles we do.

Everyone looks for something different in a piece of furniture, but we want to help you look beyond the quality and practicality you hear so much about – we’ve got you covered! – and find something that really suits who you are and who you want to be.

There’s plenty to choose from but you’ll know your new furniture when you see it – and of course if you need any help, give our friendly team a call on 01293 224859. We’ll help steer you in the right direction.

A Brief History

1968 was the year Mr J A Collingwood bought a humble furniture shop along Victoria Road – a shop that would later grow to become our flagship department store in Horley. The seller was a man named W.H. Batchellor, and it were these two family names that would prove the inspiration for the Collingwood Batchellor brand.

11 years later, Mr Collingwood’s wife, Audrey, ambitiously bought the freehold with the plan to rebuild and develop the business into a fully-fledged department store – and it’s a good job she did! Audrey gave the company a new lease of life and even now her ambition is recognised in our Hall of Fame.

However, it wasn’t until 1993 that we would expand our reach with a new bed and linens store in the Orchards Shopping Centre in Haywards Heath. Our company continued to sell a wide range of furniture, beds and linens, as well as a variety of homewares.

In 1997, we added a third branch to our growing list of stores. The store has since grown to become one of the largest branches, showcasing some of our top living and dining room collections. You’ll also find a growing selection of upholstery, sofas and chairs in today’s store.

2001 saw us revisit our Haywards Heath branch by adding the shop next door as our dedicated furniture section.

We then quickly moved to open yet another store just a year later: the popular Haslemere branch. Specialising in furniture, this store has become a stalwart in Haslemere’s High Street – occupying its own car park and a massive selection of stylish sofas, chairs and plenty more.

It was from this point that Guy and Thomas Collingwood played an active role in developing the family business further – offering more ways to improve your home and make it your own.

2006 and 2007 were big years for improving the company’s flagship department store. Horley went from selling ladies clothing to form what is now a dedicated home store – specialising in what matters most: Your Home.

The years that followed saw Horsham refitted with a lift, Haywards Heath’s bed and linens store relaunched and the addition of Haslemere’s linens department.

2010 brought with it a new outlet store in Swan Walk, Horsham, before Horley’s further redevelopment was finally finished in 2011.

Wothing’s largest furniture store H.G. Scadgell became part of the Collingwood Batchellor group in 2011, with Tom and Guy modernising the store to a high standard with a better range of furniture and a more stylish look.

August 2012 saw the launch of our first store in Kent. The Tunbridge Wells store in Royal Victoria Place stocks a range of cookware, china, glass and linens, plus a selection of Willis & Gambier Bedroom Furniture.

2016 brought the launch of a brand new Collingwood Batchellor store in East Grinstead. Formerly Rusdens, the East Grinstead store offers a wide variety of beds, bedroom furniture, linens and more.