History of Linklaters Optometrists
Ralph, the son of Dartford jeweller-optician George Linklater, did not want to join the family firm so after qualifying in 1928 set up his own practice in Bexleyheath. In time his reputation grew and the firm expanded to three practices with several partners. Ralph always worked in the Bexleyheath practice, retiring in the mid-1980s. His son Geoff initially rejected optics to become a surveyor, but subsequently re-qualified as an optometrist. Geoff worked alongside his father and Dennis King and together they developed a strong clinical reputation.
Gordon Ilett and his business partners bought the practice in 1988, with Gordon becoming sole proprietor in 2005. Geoff Linklater and Dennis King continued to work alongside Gordon, before Geoff moved away to the West Country, and two years later Dennis King retired. In 2008 the Linklater Warren Partnership was created when Gordon Ilett was joined in business by three young Optometrists; Jigna Teli, Jasmine Prentice and Sara Windsor. In 2013 Sara Windsor took a step down as partner in order to spend more time with her young family. At this time Optometrist Matthew Carter joined the partnership. Later in 2013 the business incorporated to become the company it is today: Linklater Warren Ltd.
The clinical reputation of the practice has continued to grow; we offer diabetic retinopathy screening, direct cataract and macular disease referral, Primary Eyecare Assessment and Referral Service (PEARS); we also provide Optometrist with Specialist Interest assessments as part of the Community Ophthalmology Team. The practice is also part of the paediatric refraction scheme and has close links to local GPs and hospitals. Gordon and his team also have an interest in patients with learning disabilities and work closely with Bexley Social Services, and have helped produce educational videos on this subject for both the College of Optometrists and The RNIB. The Practice also has an interest in colorimetry and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
Investment in the latest digital imaging equipment and computerised test charts means the practice is equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century. Of course all this equipment would be of little use without our well qualified optometrists, many of whom trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital as well as in private practice, and all continue to update their skills on a regular basis.
History of Leslie Warren Opticians
Leslie Warren, son of a Sevenoaks jeweller, decided not to follow his father into the trade and instead trained as an ophthalmic optician. He passed the examination set by The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers in 1915 and set up his practice shortly afterwards.
This practice was initially sited above his father’s jewellery shop, but soon moved to larger premises next door where it remains to this day.
In the mid-1950s a young ophthalmic optician named Peter Reeve joined the firm, which had by this time grown to three practices, the others being in Tonbridge and Orpington. Mr Reeve bought the business in Sevenoaks, the Orpington practice being bought by a Mr Wilkinson who also acquired the Tonbridge practice soon after.
Mr Reeve worked in the practice for many years and developed the reputation of the business. He sold the business to Gordon Ilett in 1998, continuing to work in the business until finally retiring in 2005. In 2008 the Linklater Warren Partnership was created when Gordon Ilett was joined in business by three young Optometrists; Jigna Teli, Jasmine Prentice and Sara Windsor. In 2013 Sara Windsor took a step down as partner in order to spend more time with her young family. At this time, Optometrist Matthew Carter joined the partnership. Later in 2013 the business incorporated to become the company it is today: Linklater Warren Ltd.
Over the past few years the practice has been re-equipped and features the latest diagnostic equipment such as the OCT scan and its clinical reputation has gone from strength to strength.
All this equipment would of course be of little use without the skilled team of optometrists now working at Leslie Warren’s, many of whom trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital as well as in private practice and all continue to develop their skills.
History of Linklater & Warren Opticians
Following our ongoing successes in Bexleyheath and Sevenoaks the Linklater Warren group has been keen to expand with the aim to bring our unique brand of eye care to a wider audience. In 2014 the opportunity arose when 30a High Street, Chislehurst became available, the result was the eventual opening of Linklater & Warren Opticians in August 2014.
30a High Street, Chislehurst has undergone an impressive transformation from a men’s clothes shop into a modern, stylish and comfortable optometric practice that is fully equipped with the latest testing room technology. Staffed by the group’s team of highly experienced, professional and friendly Optometrists the new practice delivers the same high quality eye care, customer service and fantastic frame range that our other practices (Linklaters Optometrists, Bexleyheath and Leslie Warren Opticians, Sevenoaks) are well known for.
Dispensing Optician and the practice manager of Linklater & Warren Opticians, Sarah King has worked within the Linklater Warren practices for over several years and is driven by quality and proving the additional service our patients expect. She has worked within the optometry sector as a Dispensing Optician for over 10 years and has a special interest in complex prescriptions, bespoke eye-wear and the prescribing of tints for those with visual stress.