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The History of Alsford Timber – Part 2 – 1882...

James Alsford was now the proud owner of a thriving timber business. At the same time as building his business, James and his wife, Harriet, were also building their family – James (2) was born in 1878, followed by Harriet and Louisa.

James (2) spent much of his childhood learning all aspects of the timber trade and, upon leaving school at 14, he started full time work at the timber yard in Wood Green.

Like his father, he turned his hand to whatever needed doing at the yard. But he developed a particular skill for sawing and planing. Always able to anticipate the market, the Alsfords ran one of the few large planing mills in Britain. At a time when the professional classes were dema...


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About Alsford

The largest Timber Merchant in the South East.

Alsford Timber has been around since 1882. Everything that makes up the modern world has happened in our lifetime - we've literally seen it all. Of course, there's been enormous change. From our humble beginnings selling timber and fencing in South West London, we've grown to become the largest timber merchant in South East England, with 18 branches across four counties we trade in Kent, Surrey, Essex, London, East Sussex and West Sussex. But we're still true to our founders' values of expertise and excellence in everything we do.

We've spent over 130 years creating the Alsford brand you see today. Because, like you, we believe in building things to last.

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