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THE TIMBER FIRM

Male 1893 - 1995  (102 years)


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  • Name THE TIMBER FIRM,  
    Born 1893 
    Gender Male 
    _UID AF0B34AA3F4B4D70B4F49217E336962E0DE1 
    Died 1995 
    Person ID I2146  Edgoose
    Last Modified 27 May 2017 

  • Photos
    The Timber Firm 2146 003.jpg
    The Timber Firm 2146 003.jpg
    W.L. EDGOOSE & SONS Float for the 1937 Coronation Parade.
    From the left:
    Seated: Possibly Dan JOHNS; ? MONGER; ALF BRIDGESWATER.
    Standing: Raymond Thomas James EDGOOSE holding his 3 year old daughter Shirley Elizabeth; Founder Walter Leeder EDGOOSE; Senior driver Jack PEARL.
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    The Timber Firm 2146 004.jpg
    Timber from the docks being unloaded from railway wagons
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    The Timber Firm 2146 009.jpg
    This Butters derrick crane dominated the skyline at Godalming Wharf in Surrey from its installation in 1940 until its demolition thirty or forty years later. The closure of the home grown timber sawmill and the purchase of sideloading forklift trucks to handle bulk imports of timber for the building trade made its maintenance uneconomic.
    The Timber Firm geograph-629169-by-Dr-Neil-Clifton.jpg
Godalming Wharf, River Wey, Surrey
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Dr Neil Clifton - geograph.org.uk/p/629179
    The Timber Firm geograph-629169-by-Dr-Neil-Clifton.jpg Godalming Wharf, River Wey, Surrey cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Dr Neil Clifton - geograph.org.uk/p/629179
    This photograph of Godalming Wharf was taken by Dr. Neil Clifon on Sunday 15 April 1984. It is reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence:
    Godalming Wharf, River Wey, Surrey
    cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Dr Neil Clifton - geograph.org.uk/p/629179
    The Timber Firm Godalming Wharf geograph-629179-by-Dr-Neil-Clifton.jpg
    The Timber Firm Godalming Wharf geograph-629179-by-Dr-Neil-Clifton.jpg
    This copyright photograph of The Wharf at Godalming in Surrey was taken by Dr. Neil Clifton on Sunday 15 April 1984. It is used here under a Creative Commons Licence.
    Godalming Wharf, River Wey, Surrey
    cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Dr Neil Clifton - geograph.org.uk/p/629179
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    The Timber Firm 268.jpg
    From small beginnings:
    Walter Leeder Edgoose (1871-1957) in the middle of his first employees. Probably circa 1893.
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    The Timber Firm 267.jpg
    In 1938 the Government of British Columbia, Canada, invited representatives of the UK timber trade to tour the provinces's sawmilling industry. Walter Leeder Edgoose (18971-1957) who in 1892 had started trading in timber and joinery in his adopted home town of Aldershot, who in 1933 took over the former premises at Godalming Wharf, Surrey, of timber merchants Gridley & Spring, and who was to incorporate his company in 1939, was chosen as one of the UK timber trade representatives of the smaller business. This photograph was taken on Vancouver Island in August 1938. Walter Leeder Edgoose appears towards the centre of the front row, kneeling behind his white hat.
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    The Timber Firm196.jpg
    The Aldershot staff of W.L. Edgoose & Sons during the First World War.
    The youngest son and youngest daughter of the firm's founder somehow sneaked into the front row without being noticed!
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    The Timber Firm 269.jpg
    This very early photograph of the machine shop in premises which were destroyed by fire in the mid 1960s was taken at Church Lane East, Aldershot, Hampshire. Walter Leeder Edgoose acquired the premises from a bicycle repair firm in 1904.
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    The Timber Firm 270.jpg
    The Wharf, Godalming, Surrey, in the 1970s or early 1980s.
    The black clad red roofed building on the left was subsequently extended in length to the far boundary and housed the firm's wood treatment facility. The site belonged to the Godalming Navigation. It was given to the National Trust by its owner but, unusually, it was not an inalienable gift. Michael Edgoose, managing director of W.L. Edgoose & Sons Ltd., formed a separate property company to buy the timber yard premises and some years later negotiated their sale to consultants acquiring land for a J. Sainsbury's supermarket. Their premises closed in Godalming in about 1991.
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    The Timber Firm197.jpg
    This photograph of the combined workforce of the Aldershot and Godalming timber yards was taken at Godalming in Surrey on 14 July 1934. In 1933, following the demise of Gridley and Spring, the manager of the Midland Bank in Aldershot, Hamshire, invited Walter Leeder Edgoose to take over the lease of the premises from the Godalming Navigation. It would be many years before the grandson of the founder purchased the freehold of the timber yard and later sold it for the construction of Sainsbury's supermarket.
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    The Timber Firm 2146 010.jpg
    A rare photograph showing the beginning of the building of the Aldershot County High School in about 1910 and, behind the railings, some old buildings which were demolished to expand timber storage facilities for W.L. Edgoose & Sons Ltd.. The two story building was occupied at one time by a shoemaker and a large quantity of old shoes was discovered in the cellar during a shortlived redevelopment in 1990. The house itself was demolished before about 1960.