Woodhouses 1960 to 1969

Woodhouses 1960-1969: The Growth Years

Entering the 1960’s, the rebuilding of the Iremonger Road facilities was complete and, with an unrestricted availability of timber, Woodhouse continued to develop their temporary structures. They rolled-out their innovative 30ft & 40ft Shedding structures used for members pavilions at agricultural shows the length and breadth of the country. These eye catching, clear spanning timber structures were indeed a feat of engineering. The Woodhouse 12-tread covered grandstands started to appear at all manner of ringside events, their Trackboards found multiple uses, whilst their temporary stable and animal penning hire product stocks kept on growing.  Existing designs were analysed and changes made to improve their efficiency, safety and comfort for both humans and animals! Around this time the Nottingham workshops started to make sectional buildings of all sizes to sell to the general public, from meeting halls and office buildings to garden sheds and bus shelters. Meanwhile the Camelot Street Depot grew to accommodate the expanding hire stock and, over the decade, the canvas room was moved here and a garage built to service the growing fleet of commercial vehicles and trailers.

1965 Grandstand Liverpool Tatoo

1965 Grandstand Liverpool Tatoo

1967 New Style Bandstand

1967 New Style Bandstand

During the 1960’s, many of the Agricultural Show Societies acquired permanent showgrounds in their respective homelands and Woodhouses had an integral role in the set-up; building their offices, meeting halls, public conveniences and all manner of storage areas.  We even assisted in laying the grid of paved and hardcore roads which shaped the future layout of the showgrounds. As a result Woodhouses built their own staging yards at the showgrounds with residential chalets and on-site storage for their bespoke hire products.

1965 Lavatories Royal Welsh Builth Wells

1965, New Public Conveniences at the Royal Welsh Builth Wells, built by Woodhouses

This was a time when Woodhouse experienced huge growth and, led by brothers LVW and BCW, they continued to service their extensive contract base, including  Royal Windsor Horse Show, HOYS and Badminton Horse Trials, all the while ensuring they provided the personal client service for which we are still renowned. In 1960 Woodhouses contracted to its 1st Show Jumping event for the Master of Hickstead, Douglas Bunn, and returned the next year for The Junior Europeans Championships. In 1961 a suspected case of Foot and Mouth disease meant Harewood Horse Trials were forced to cancel. Incredibly, this was to be the catalyst for the 1st, of the now infamous, Burghley Horse Trials which in it’s 2nd year went on to stage the European Championships. Of course, the rest is history and we have been returning as contractors ever since – a reflection of our high service levels and also of our clients’ loyalty. At Woodhouses we value being major partners in these great annual events which are jewels in the equestrian calendar.

1964 Royal Welsh Builth Wells

1964, Aerial view of the Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells

1968 DevonAS Trophy

1968 Woodhouse Foreman Albert Willbond receiving an award from the Duchess at the Devon Agricultural Show

In 1962, the number of 4th generation Woodhouse rose when the second of LVW’s sons, Michael Andrew, joined the company and again in 1964 when his brother, Richard Vernon, joined the business and both started working on the Bath & West Show. Sadly, their Uncle Harold Duncan Woodhouse died in 1965 of natural causes.

1961-62 Manufacturing list

1961-62 Manufacturing list

Woodhouses began contracting as follows: