A History of Frieth

The Firm 1899 - 1920 as told by E.J. "Ted" Collier

[ Snapshots in time ]
The Geographical Setting
The Early History
The Middle Ages
The Growth of a Community
1800 - 1860
1860 - 1900
1900 - 1973
The Name Frieth
Pillow Lace
West & Collier
[ The Colliers of West & Collier ]
West & Collier Catalogues
Notes on The Firm
Notes on Frieth
Further Notes on Frieth
Frieth as I knew it
Memories of bygone years
Frieth 45 years ago
The Posse Comitatus
[ Chisbridge Farm ]

Sections [in square brackets] are additions to the original content

The office of Stove Boy was much sought after by school boys, I won the post in 1899.

Hours: 4-30 till 6p.m. Monday till Friday, 6a.m. till 12 noon Saturdays.
Stipend: 1/- weekly.
Duties: Dip stain parts of chairs; Clear shavings from workshops, also wood for stove fire; Turn grindstone for workmen..

My father Edward Collier, worked as a "Brush Back" from early days. He also travelled with horse and van to sell chairs.

There were three men who started the Business, the other, who resigned and later was the Landlord of the "Cross Keys" at Marlow was Joe Barksfield.

When the logs were felled for use at the Firm the small branches were made into "kindlers" which were used to heat the bread ovens.

The turners draw-shave chips were bought and sold by "Dakker" Bond who built a shed at Moor End to house his horse and cart.

Jack Martin was a turner for many years.

Teddy (Teddioddy) Cooper used the saw bench and worked with Tom Brown.

Rush seaters or matters were Rachel Laye, Susan Brown, Mrs F Bond and Mrs. G. Edwards.

Back makers (Brush Backs) were Tim Tilbury, Tom Collier and Ernest West.

Harry Higgs drove the horse and cart with chairs etc. to Marlow Station.

The polisher was Toby( Click) Poole, Framer was Jim Janes.

Harry Poole and Basil Barlow were adze men.