IN THE BEGINNING…

It all started in Dorset, back in 1946, with local pioneers John Farrow and Richard Ball. Farrow was a trained chemist who worked for Ireland’s Agnew Paints during the Second World War, while Ball was an engineer who survived capture as a prisoner of war.

They met at a local clay pit and together shared a passion for making rich colours to original formulations using only the finest ingredients.

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IMPORTANT CONTRACTS WERE WON

The pair built their first factory in Verwood, Dorset, and went on to supply paint for the Ford Motor Company, Raleigh Bicycles, the Admiralty and the War Office.

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BUT THEN, THE FIRE

As the 1960s came to an end, John Farrow and Richard Ball sold their growing business to Norman Chappell. But soon after, a devastating fire destroyed much of the original factory.

And so, Farrow & Ball moved to its current home near Wimborne where we’ve crafted our paint and wallpaper ever since.

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OUR RECIPES REMAINED

In the 1970s and 1980s, at a time when many began creating acrylic paints with fewer pigments and with added plastics, Farrow & Ball upheld its original recipes and age-old methods.

Out of the limelight in rural Dorset we proudly retained our traditional identity.

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