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Thursday 17 February, 2005

Whittard Of Chelsea

Holding(s) in Company

Whittard Of Chelsea PLC
17 February 2005

                            WHITTARD OF CHELSEA PLC

                         EMPLOYEE SHARE OWNERSHIP TRUST

Whittard of Chelsea Plc (the 'Company') announces that in accordance with the
rules of the Company's 1998 Approved Executive Share Option Scheme (under which
both employees and Directors are potential beneficiaries), the Company's
Employee Share Ownership Trust (the 'Trust') sold 21,500 Ordinary 5p Shares
('Ordinary Shares') in the Company at a price of £1.40 per share on 17 February
2005 and transferred 10,000 Ordinary Shares on the same date, the total of
31,500 Ordinary Shares disposed being equivalent to 0.13 per cent. of the
Company's issued share capital.

The Trust now holds 1,090,308 Ordinary Shares, being equivalent to 4.62 per
cent. of the Company's issued share capital.

17 February 2005

Enquiries to: Michael Amos, Company Secretary 07887 946013

Whittard of Chelsea Plc
Union Court
22 Union Road

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