THE JOINER’S WORKSHOP

The Joiner’s Workshop

The Joiner’s Workshop, which is part of Hackthorn Estate, was built in 1887 with Mr W. H. Hill being the first joiner. In the late 1890s William Teather walked from Wellow in Nottinghamshire to find work at Wellingore. On learning that the position had already been taken he continued to Hackthorn where he had heard that a joiner was needed. He thus became the joiner, wheelwright and undertaker for Hackthorn, and was followed in the business by his son Charles.

Charles retired in t he 1940s and his son Eric carried on the business until he retired in 1967. The Teather family lived in the cottage now known as Birch Cottage.

Work in the 1930s and 40s consisted mainly of repairing farm implements, and “hooping” wagon and cart wheels using the very large hooping platform in the workshop orchard; water was used from the nearby well. The metal hoop was heated by placing logs all round it and setting them on fire until it was hot. Two men would then place the hoop over the wheel rim and hammer it into place. To stop the wooden wheel catching fire two other men had to throw water over the wheel in order to cool it down. Hooping wheels was extremely hot work so a good supply of lemonade and ginger beer was always available.

There was a wooden building on the north side of the workshop. This housed a very large Crossley engine which drove a large circular saw. This was used for cutting out gate posts and planks, and for sawing firewood used to heat the iron hooping rims for the wheels. The engine and saw were sold when Eric Teather retired in 1967. Colin Moore, who had worked for Eric, then took over the business.

Colin dismantled the old engine and saw sheds and built a large store shed. He also built a chapel of rest which was used as part of his undertaking business.

Colin Moore

The Joiner’s Workshop as it appeared in 2012 having been opened as a Gallery