Our Heritage

Founded in 1890, Woodhouse have been involved in an ever changing range of shows and events. Over our timeline we have a history of innovating and pushing the boundaries of temporary structures.

From turn of the century sectional wood & canvas buildings and demountable grandstand tribunes to timber trackboards, traditional reusable Shedding and in 1933 the very first temporary stables. Since then, we have applied our specialist show & event skills and our proprietary hire products to ensuring the success of leading national and international events.


USA Joint Venture

In May 2018 Woodhouse setup a JV Stable rental business in Ocala, Florida to be known as Fredericks Equestrian International Stabling LLC.


125th Anniversary

Woodhouse celebrates 125 years of innovation and delivering successful events as a leading supplier of trade stands, temporary stables, grandstands and trackway to the show and event industry across the UK and, more recently, in Europe.


World Equestrian Games

World Equestrian Games, Caen, Normandy. Woodhouse supplies 300 Greenwich Barn Stables for Stade d'Ornano facilities. 
1st use of Veterinary Clinic developed within a block of 8 Barn Stables at Royal Windsor Horse Show.


London Olympics Games

2012 - London Olympic Games, Woodhouse supplies barn stables at the Greenwich Park Venue.
2011 - Woodhouse attains ISO14001 and ISO20121 Sustainability Accreditations.
2010 - Woodhouse manufacture bespoke Quickstables for the Kings Troop facilities at Wellington Barracks.
Peter Cook is made a Director alongside owners Tony and Adrienne Marsh.


Decade Of Innovation

2010 - Woodhouse supplies 200 Barn Stables at European Championship Windsor.
2008 - 1st use of Barn Stables at Hickstead RIHS .
2005 - Woodhouse move to present day Wolds Farm hire depot.
2001 - 1st use of hdpe recycled plastic, nail-less, splinter-less Quickstables.


Passing The Baton

1999 - 1st use of Quicktrack replacing oak Trackboards.
1997 - 1st use of Quickstand Terracing.
1996 - 1st use of Aluminium Grandstands with purchase of Seating Contracts Assets.
1995 - LH Woodhouse & Co Ltd - 105 year old business sold to Marsh Family.
1994 - 1st use of 6m Clearspan at Suffolk Show.
1992 - Barcelona Olympic Games Temporary Stables.


Show & Event Industry Expands

1987 - Hurricane and Black Friday lead slide into recession.
1985s - Aluminium and galvanised steel structures, grandstands and trakway penetrating UK events.
1984 - Innovation driving growth in outdoor events, concerts and festivals.
1981 - LV and BC retire and hand control to 4th Gen. Woodhouses.


Woodhouse Continues To Grow

1978 - Continuous improvement in hire products manufacture and usability.
1976 - Robert, Michael and Richard Woodhouse were promoted to Directors.
1972 - LHW Engineering founded and London Rd. workshops expanded.
1970s - A decade of and strife, strikes and go slows together with runaway 15% inflation.


Woodhouse Expands

1967s - Rapid expansion of Shedding, Grandstands, Stabling, Penning and Trackboards stocks.
1965s - National Eisteddfod Pavilion now seating 7000 attendees on tip-up seats.
1960s - Many Agricultural Associations move to permanent showgrounds. 
1961 - 1st horse Trials at Burghley House
1960 - 1st Showjumping at Hickstead
1960/64 - LV's next two sons Michael and Richard , 4th Gen. join the family business.


Adventurous Timber Design

1958 - LV's eldest son Robert, 4th Gen. joins family business. 
1957 - 1st use of 30' & 40' Shedding at the British Trade Fair, Helsinki.
1956 - 1st use of elm Trackboards at Bath and West Show
1955 - 1st use for 12 tread timber grandstand at Devon County Show following end of timber rationing.
1950 - 1st Royal Smithfield Show.


War Years And Innovation

1949 - 1st HOYS at The Harringay Arena using own road transport.
1947 - 1st use of sectional 20ft Shedding at Bath & West Show and 8 tread grandstand at Royal Cornwall Show.
1947 - Normal operations resumed using hire equipment made from army surplus timber and canvas.
1946 - 1st post war show for Northumberland Agricultural Society.
1941 - HD assumes the reins assisted by LV and BC. Fred dies of natural causes.


Temporary Stables Launched

1938 - Erected National Eisteddfod Denbigh, largest know Pavilion of its type.
1933 - 1st block of 6 Temporary Stables tested successfully at Three Counties Show and 50 are made for 1934 season.
1933 - TV Jnr's two sons Leslie Vernon and Bruce Charlton, 3rd Gen. join the business.
1931 - TV dies and Woodhouse becomes a 50:50 partnership between HD and Fred.


Shedding And Grandstand

1927 - Woodhouse start building London Road Workshops.
1924 - Earned trust and respect of for seeing projects from start to conclusion safely and on time, earning repeat contracts.
1920 - Early 20ft Shedding and bespoke Grandstand Tribunes were constructed, dismantled and sold on after shows.
1919 - TV's three sons Harold Duncan, Fred and TV Jnr, 2nd Gen. joined the business.


Woodhouse Founded

1927 - Woodhouse start building London Road Workshops.
1924 - Earned trust and respect of for seeing projects from start to conclusion safely and on time, earning repeat contracts.
1920 - Early 20ft Shedding and bespoke Grandstand Tribunes were constructed, dismantled and sold on after shows.
1919 - TV's three sons Harold Duncan, Fred and TV Jnr, 2nd Gen. joined the business.


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Innovation is vital to successful events. We are always looking at ways to improve our products and develop new ones.


From our base to your event, we handle design, manufacturing, resourcing, maintenance and logistics.


We are proud of our heritage as a leading industry contractor. Discover over a century of experience here.

  • I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for everything you have done at Greenwich Park for London 2012.

    It has been a pleasure working with you and your team, and I would have no hesitation using Woodhouse again or recommending you to others. I think your stables are first class and you rightfully received great credit from athletes and grooms alike. Your approach throughout the design, installation, use and derig was great. Nothing was ever too much for you. Please pass on my thanks to the rest of your team.

    London Olympics

    Stephen Jepson, Greenwich Park Venue Project Manager

  • L H Woodhouse was a pleasure to work with and generally, I think your installation went really well.

    You managed to comply with all of our requirements and maintained the programme throughout. It was evident to us that you had not worked on a strict CDM site before but it did not take long for you to respond and work in a safe manner at the speed the programme required. Your product appeared well received and well-constructed and we wish you success in your future ventures. Thanks from all the team at ISG.

    London Olympics

    David Fisher, Venue Delivery Project Manager ISG Principal Contractor

  • On behalf of the Organising Committee, I’d like to thank you for the great job Woodhouse has done for the FEI Alltech WEG 2014 in Normandy.

    I really appreciated the commitment of your teams that have shown high professionalism in the way they’ve managed the stabling facilities. I hope that we’ll have the opportunity to work together again soon.

    FEI Alltech WEG Normandie 2014

    Hélène Tottoli-Desante, Overlay Manager

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