In 1874 Daniel Barriball began a grocery business working out of premises in Southgate place at the junction of Angel Hill. Before motorised transport Barriball’s used to keep up to ten horses, and with horse drawn transport used to deliver to Tintagel and back in one day, starting at four a.m., with the first feed at the Wilsey Down Hotel. At one time they employed a staff of thirty hands. In 1881 Daniel was employing his two brothers John and James as Grocers apprentices and with his three sons the family were living above the shop in Southgate place. By 1901 Daniel’s business had expanded with a shop opening in Church street. Two of his sons William and Ernest had also joined him in the business with his eldest Charles, becoming a Methodist Minister.
Daniel handed control of the business to his sons who in 1909 had the Southgate premises completely rebuilt to plans by Otho B. Peter. After the rebuilding of the stores, the firm gave a ‘celebration’ dinner to ‘christen’ their new building, and Mr Edwin Davey responded to the toast to the staff given by Mr John Barriball, brother of the founder.
The dinner was held in the Working Lad’s Institute (Brotherhood Hall). Proposing “The Firm”, the Reverend JJ Layland recalled that thirty five years earlier, Mr Barriball had only one apprentice, but now the firm employed 20 hands.
The two sons of Ernest, Roy and Harold (who died in 1962), carried on the business which finally closed just four years shy of its centenary in January 1970 with the shop in church street being taken over by Liptons.