Throughout the past three decades, we have been privileged to reclaim and restore antique woods from all around the globe as part of our Woodworks portfolio.
These woods also originate from a variety of historical periods, which are often typified by the British monarch who reigned during the time.
Each of these monarchs had their own unique personality, just like our reclaimed and restored floors.
In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee we invite you to experience the very best reclaimed antique woods from some of Britain’s most influential monarchical reigns.
Rich in character and texture, it is hard to beat the rustic charm of antique original face Elm. This is one our oldest and most magnificent woods, featuring perfect imperfections and characterful details throughout. The wood has been dated to 1520, during the middle of King Henry VIII’s reign.
Ever since Charles I landed at Charlestown, South Carolina this wood has been a material valued by the navy – shipped across to the West Coast of Great Britain and used to build our industrial heartlands in the 19th century. Charles claimed every piece of this exceptional material as his own, marking the beams with his personal seal.
Our English Oak is often referred to as ‘Parkland Oak’ because it was allowed to grow wild, making it a unique wood much like George’s unique reign. It requires expert skill to use on floors, with the restoration stage requiring the use of our artisans’ most careful handcrafting techniques.
This North American Pitch Pine was reclaimed from the Bridgewater Docks on the banks of the River Mersey, Northern England. The wood itself dates back to 1860 and is dimensionally one of the most impressive woods we’ve ever reclaimed due to its extraordinary width. It’s also incredibly hardwearing and strong, much like the reign of Queen Victoria.
We’re very fortunate to be the custodians of beams from the Old War Office. This neobaroque building in London’s Whitehall, built in 1901, became the administration centre of the British Army during both World Wars. This pine’s charming appearance reflects the personality of the monarch of the day, Edward VII.
The floor of Kings and Queens, Galion is crafted using the finest English Oak. Sourced responsibly from woodlands across the UK the oak is Quarter Sawn, making it a rare and beautiful commodity, with exceptionally straight grain patterns and medullary rays throughout. Boasting a 1/2” wear layer, this floor offers remarkable longevity - just like our longest reigning monarch.