There has been an opticians here at 21 Fisherton Street for over 100 years. This means we are one of the oldest running businesses on Fisherton Street along with the Florist by the train station. Our central location is nestled amongst a wide variety of other independent stores, something our street is very proud of.
Our wonderful practice started life around 1900 as part of a small group of opticians called Springates. Springates at number 21 on a flooded Fisherton Street in 1915. Notice the classic opticians sign above, we removed some of the old iron recently that would have formed part of that sign. At number 23 is Asbridge Jewellers where in 1907, Mr Eric Asbridge was born.
Mr Eric Asbridge was the son of the Asbridge family jewelers at 23 Fisherton Street. After a brief period of studying jewelry and watchmaking, Eric decided that eyes and the technology that went with it were a career path for him. With the help of the Springates optician at the time, he completed a course at the Worshipful Company Of Spectacle Makers and became a Freeman Of London. He took over Springates in 1928 and changed the name to Asbridge Opticians.
In 1975, Mr Asbridge retired and the practice changed over to The McCoy family, Janet and Malcolm. They retained the practice heritage, excellent reputation and established a strong bond with the infirmary, also on Fisherton Street. The McCoys formed an excellent partnership with Malcolm testing eyes and Janet doing the dispensing. We still have members of their fan club attending the practice today.
Mark Jones took over Asbridge Opticians in 2005 and has since gone about slowly modernising and updating the practice. As with the McCoys and Mr Asbridge, Mark has continued to provide exceptional care to the people of Salisbury and continually encourages staff to achieve higher standards. In 2011 Mark changed the name of the business to Mark Jones Eye Care to reflect the modernisation that was going on at the time. We still retain the Asbridge Opticians clock in the practice as a throwback to our heritage.
After the conversion to Mark Jones Eye Care, the practice has rapidly grown and gone from strength to strength. So in 2018, our little practice doubled in size and expanded into number 23. The fact that the practice remains a family business is a lovely finishing touch and completes a brief history of Mark Jones Eye Care to date.
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In 2005, Mark assumed ownership of the practice, initiating significant transformations. Now the practice stands as one of Fisherton Street's most esteemed businesses. Outside his professional pursuits, Mark finds joy in rugby, forest walks, cycling, photography, and savoring Indian cuisine.
For over a decade, Sarah has been an integral part of MJEC, setting the standards for our operations. She played a pivotal role in shaping Carl and Emma into the dispensing opticians they are today. Beyond her professional excellence, Sarah is an avid traveler with a passion for antiques and all things French.
Anka, our optometrist from Australia, has been an integral part of our practice since 2015 and has earned a special place in the hearts of our patients. Devoting her life to the field of optometry, she continually strives for self-improvement and explores innovative technologies in optics.
Stuart splits his time between us and Salisbury District Hospital, working a few days each month. His genuine enthusiasm for clinical optometry is evident, especially during emergency CUES appointments in the practice. Originating from Frome, Stuart is a family man with a playful pup named Medo.
Carl, a cherished member of MJEC since 2012, has ascended from part-time optical assistant to a fully qualified dispensing optician/assistant manager. Beyond the practice, Carl enjoyed a brief yet successful stint in music, harbours a deep passion for sports, and dotes on his beloved dog Monty.
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Joining us in 2020 amidst lockdown, Emma has thrived in her role and is now in the final year of her dispensing optician training. The heart and soul of MJEC, Emma is universally beloved. Recently married to her long-time partner, Matt, she brings a warm and positive energy to the team.
Annalise, an MJEC team member since September 2023, has infused our practice with a calm efficiency that is truly remarkable. A quick learner, she stands out, and her talents extend beyond the workplace—Annalise spends her time at home crafting garments and crocheting blankets for loved ones.
Jeanette is the definition of a bubbly character. With years of excellent experience working in customer service and the care sector, she has all the right attributes to flourish at MJEC. Jeanette has been with us since October 2023, and has already made an impression on our
Dr. Virginia Collis, affectionately known as Ginny, brings a wealth of medical experience to MJEC. Initially trained as a vet, she made a switch to audiology (a field she shares with her husband) and has never looked back. Ginny's passion for hearing device technology is a perfect match for us.
Marvin, our nocturnal virtuoso, thrives in solo missions in the dark, attempting daring vacuum feats at the practice. However, more often than not, he ends up beached, upside down, and delivering a symphony of complaints. While you might not cross paths with Marvin, rest assured, his work, albeit unconventional, is still crucial.