Blog: From the archives

Woodhouses 1940 to 1949

Woodhouses 1940-1949: The War Years With the outbreak of the 2nd World War in 1940, Woodhouses were again forced to suspend show contracting. Many of the younger employees joined the forces and the remainder got stuck in making packing cases for the Royal Ordinance Factory armaments. In 1941, Harold Duncan took sole control supported by… Read more »

Woodhouses 1930 to 1939

Woodhouses 1930-1939: Temporary Stable Origins   By 1930, Woodhouses were a well-established and respected show contractor and this agricultural focus lessened the effect of the great depression which followed the 1929 Wall Street crash. TVW’s three sons were hands on managers of the UK shows and when he died in 1931 the family business transfer… Read more »

Woodhouses 1920 to 1929

Woodhouses 1920-1929: Back with a family business As peoples’ lives regained some of their normality post WW1, Thomas Vernon Woodhouse (“TVW”) restarted the show contracting business and extended the name to LH Woodhouse (the LH coming from his wife’s maiden name, Lucy Hole). He employed 2nd son Fred, a joiner who served a 7 year… Read more »

Woodhouses 1890 to 1919

Woodhouses 1890 to 1919, the early years. In 1890, the same year the first electric underground trains ran on today’s London Northern Tube Line, Thomas Vernon Woodhouse branched out from trading coal and salt with his brother William. Identifying a growing market he based himself in Hound Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham as a contractor providing… Read more »