Regrettably we are unable to respond to individual ancestral enquiries about family members who had been Wheelwrights or about the craft of Wheelwrights in general for we have never held records. If however you wish to find a current working wheelwright please see below.
This list is a result of a questionnaire circulated to all known wheelwrights in 2009. In compiling the list The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights ("the Company") has made every endeavour to include reference to bona-fide wheelwrights in the United Kingdom.
It is appreciated that wheelwrights retire and new practitioners enter the craft. Some on the list are fully employed in the craft and can undertake all types of work whilst others have limited areas.
The Company cannot guarantee that it has included every wheelwright, and the Company accepts no liability to any wheelwright or any third party howsoever arising from any failure to include such a wheelwright. The omission of any wheelwright does not denote that the wheelwright is not worthy of inclusion. The Company apologises to any wheelwright who considers that he or she has been overlooked and will, if advised, add them to the list.
The Company reserves the right to include, or not include, any wheelwright in the list, and accepts no claim consequence or assertion arising from any inclusion or non-inclusion. The Company is under no obligation to provide any justification to any wheelwright concerned or to a third party for inclusion or non-inclusion.
While the Company has tried to ensure the accuracy of this list, the Company cannot accept any responsibility for any error, misstatement or mistakes.
The inclusion, or exclusion, of any wheelwright denotes no comment, guarantee or inference on the part of the Company on the quality of the wheelwright's work in any manner whatsoever.
As the name suggests Wheelwrights make and repair all types of wooden wheels and the vehicles they go on including Carts, Carriages, Veteran Motor Cars, Hand Carts, Wagons, Drays, Trollies, Romany Caravans, Traction Engine Living Wagons, Bicycles, Artillery Pieces, Wheelbarrows, Traps and Wagonettes. Most also forge out iron work for the vehicles and make Iron Gates and Railings.
Some also make and supply Mill Parts for Mill Wrights and private individuals, bespoke furniture (mostly oak tables), make and erect Oak road side finger posts and Ash framing parts to pattern for motor car bodies. One supplies and fits solid rubber tyres for Carriage wheels and Victorian Motor Cars.
As traditional wheelwrights most of their wheels are made from English hard woods with Elm Hub, Oak Spokes and Ash Felloes. However wheels for specialist applications have been made from different timbers. Elm is used for the hub because it is exceptionally hard to split, an attribute that is necessary because of all the mortices made in it for the spokes and also the hole for the box (The bearing that the axle runs in). The Spokes are made from Oak because of its exceptional strength under compression and the Felloes are made from Ash because of its flexibility and also its ability to absorb shock.
They try to keep a good selection of timber in stock as timber yards don't hold the woods that are used by wheelwrights. Planning ahead is necessary for timber dries naturally at the rate of an inch a year plus a year in thickness i.e. a 3 inch thick plank has to be in stock for 4 years before it can be used. In some instances and especially for special applications timber is brought in to the workshop and the moisture content “pushed” down to the required level
Ansell T. J.
Boag, John (Honorary Freeman)
Cooper, Anthony David
Fairbourne Carriages Ltd
G.J. Garner & Son (GARNERS)
Gloucester Wheel and Carriage Co
Hurford, Robert (Liveryman)
King, Charles D
Kyre Workhorse and Wheelwright Centre
Lisle. Andrew de
Mike Rowland and Son
Ousbey's Carriages and Ousbey's Harness Room
Paulus, Alan JP
Randall, Russell & Christopher
Rowland, Greg (Liveryman)
Thomas, Jonathan D
Wellington Carriage Co
Wheelwright ,Barry and Richard
Wheelwright B & Son
Whitehead, L J and Son
The Company acknowledge the assistance of Heavy Horse World magazine in the production of this listing.