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Estate Workers at Cobbs Wood Sawmill, c1905
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Estate Workers at Cobbs Wood Sawmill on the Wimpole Estate, c1905
Estate Workers at Cobbs Wood Sawmill, Wimpole Estate, c1905

Estate Workers at Cobbs Wood Sawmill, c1905
The photograph shows estate workers in the Wimpole timber yard around 1905. The Estate woodlands were treated as a commercial venture, with the construction of a sizeable Woodyard and Sawmill which employed dozens of tree-fellers, woodsmen and carpenters.

1903 (2nd Edition) Ordnance Survey Map, showing location of Woodyard
1903 (2nd Edition) Ordnance Survey Map, showing location of Woodyard

Provisional names (as remembered by Albert Mayo several decades later):
Back Row (left to right): Harry Reed, Charles Skinner, Harry Bullen, W Whetstone, Rule Wilkins, George Bullen, Andrew Gadd, John Wallis Neaves [**], Albert Mayo, Charlie Money, Dick Blacktop.
Front Row (left to right): John Bullen with saw [Senior Estate Carpenter], Ben Pett, Harry Wilkins, Rush Rule, Joe Theobalds, Bob Collings, W Skinner, John Henry Thomas [*], W Carter, W Wilkins [**], Bert Charter, Bert Skinner, Charles Pratt, M Smith, Andrew Bullen with box plane [Estate Carpenter].
[* The gentleman in the centre holding the roll of paper is the Estate Agent/Clerk of Works, John Henry Thomas from Cornwall. A 1904 photograph of John Henry and his family can be found on the North Lodge page]
[** John Wallis Neaves, known as Jack, started work at the Woodyard as a carpenter around 1901. He died in France during the First World War and his name can be found on the Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial. For the record, John's family think John is sitting in the front row as the fifth seated worker from the right.]
An image from my collection (courtesy of Keith Bullen)


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