History 1963 to Present Day

History of the Company after 1963

After Jessie passed away it was Carleton’s job to do the purchasing of trees and the administration, Stanley oversaw the running of the yard and did the sawing and final grading and Albert did all the splitting and initial grading.

The business was small but the firm still employed up to 25 men, this was before a lot of the mechanisation. Carleton, Albert and Stanley each had a son. The sons were David, Nicholas and Peter, they would all be involved in all aspects of the business. Large teams of men would go felling all over the country, motorways were non exisitant so journeys would take much longer which meant a lot of time away from home.

(This photo shows Nick (at the back), Carleton (left) and Peter cutting a tree)

All the trees were  felled and sawn into lengths using a cross cut saw, sometimes with four men on the saw. All the rolls would be carried out on men’s shoulders and the lorries were loaded by hand. A crane was used to load the rolls that were too big to lift, this was fitted on the front of a lorry. Forklifts, chainsaws and other modern equipment has now taken on the job.  In the 1950’s the yard moved into the middle of the village, there it continued to grow and the system of sawing the blades from the split clefts was started.

In 1971 David decided to emigrate to Australia.  Again the company needed a larger site so the land in the middle of the village was sold for building and it was allowed by the council to move to the present site at Coles Farm.

Felling a Tree

Carrying Rolls

By this time Peter had a son in the business but a tragedy struck in 1980 when Robert ( known as Bobby) was killed on his motorbike. This was a great blow to the company as Bobby was an integeral part of the business and a good friend to all.

Unfortunately Carleton Wright sadly passed away on 3rd March 2009 aged 96, he lived for the business and had a very interesting and good life, he is sadly missed by all the family and the business.

Peter Wright then passed away on 26th January 2010 at the age of 84, he retired at 65 and gave his working life to the company.

The family are still very much involved in the business. The business is run by the Chairman Nicholas Wright (Jessie’s Grandson) who has recently been awarded an MBE for Services to Industry,  Jeremy Ruggles (Jessie’s Great Grandson) and Oliver Wright ( Nick’s son and Jessie’s Great Grand Son). The Company now produces more cricket bat blades than ever.

 

L to R: Jeremy Ruggles, Nick Wright and Oliver Wright