Lancaster meets Tomkinson
It was a chilly winter's morning in February 1931 when young Ronald Tomkinson reported for work to embark upon his indentured apprenticeship under the guidance of Sidney Lancaster, a senior cabinet maker with the firm of Jones and Moss. The two men quickly formed a strong bond based upon a mutual passion for producing woodwork of the highest quality.
Two’s a company...
The two men's fruitful association was interrupted by the Second World War when Ronald was called up while the older man continued to ply his trade. However, the bond between the pair was so strong that, upon Ronald's release from the army, he and Sidney teamed up once again but this time to trade on their own account, much to the delight of a local community in which the pair had established a reputation for outstanding work.
Like father, like son...
Over the next twenty years Sidney and Ronald established their new company of Lancaster and Tomkinson as the pre-eminent cabinet makers of the age. There was only one way their close relationship was going to end. And so it transpired with the untimely death of Sidney Lancaster in 1964. However, the firm received a boost in 1970 with the arrival of Ronald's son Clive, who joined as an apprentice before taking charge of the company's proud traditions on Ronald's retirement in 1984.