carpenters shop

On its original site the Windlesham carpenter’s shop stood in front of a small house close to the street. The glazed end faced the street and provided good light onto the workbenches. The windows are glazed with various sizes of panes, possibly off-cuts from the business. In the gable is a small aperture, closed by a shutter, through which ladders were pushed into the building for storage across the tie beams.

carpenters shop

The Windlesham carpenter’s shop on its original site before being dismantled.

The building is simply constructed on a rough timber frame. The main posts are dug into the ground rather than being placed on a sole plate. The frame is boarded with vertical boards, the joints being closed by a cover strip, and the structure was protected by a coating of tar.

When the workshop was given to the Museum it was still equipped with many of the tools and materials that had been used by the carpenter. The benches were in position and some of the tools were still on their racks or in their boxes — much as it must have been left when Mr. Dale, carpenter and undertaker, the last carpenter to use the building, ceased trading.