Welcome to my site! This is my attempt to bring wheelwrighting into a modern age. Please feel free to browse, and dont hesitate to contact me with any queries.
My name is Phill Gregson, I am a time-served wheelwright based in the north-west. Having grown up with wheelwrighting as the hub of the family business I decided to set up on my own and attend a course at Herefordshire College of Technology to achieve a qualification in the trade.
Wheelwrighting is a tradition that has passed down many generations in my family, originating in Kent and moving to the north-west after World War One. My great-grandfather was sent to Southport Hospital after cutting his finger off in a french saw-mill whilst waiting to be de-mobbed. Here, he met my great-grandmother and went on to work for the Scarisbrick Estate, which was one of the largest estates in the north-west. He had two children, Edward and James. Edward is my grandfather and after leaving school at 14 years of age, during World War Two, he became a cabinet maker in Southport. Edward eventually went on to follow in his father's footsteps and work on the Scarisbrick Estate as a foreman. His job consisted of farm and property maintenance and wheelwrighting. My Grandfather had three children, Albert, Alan and my mother, Susan. My Mother trained as a wheelwright with my Grandfather, but stopped to become a full-time mother when I was born. It was then up to my father, Paul, to learn the trade and carry on the family tradition, which he continued to do up until I was in my late teens. As a child being in the workshop always interested me and it wasn't long before I was helping out and learning the trade for myself. After leaving school, I worked for a company which restores metalwork in parks and recreates Victorian furniture, it was there that I built up my knowledge of blacksmithing and metalwork. I then went on to a few different jobs, including working in a nightclub, here I realised that being a wheelwright was the right job for me.
As a full time Wheelwright I encounter a different job every day, and it is very rare to get two jobs the same, The day to day work varies and offers constant mental stimulation (and regularly distress)! As my Grandfather often says 'ive been working sixty odd years or more and i still dont know it all'! I find this a great insentive to be a wheelwright as i will never be bored by monotony.
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