The articles here are based on the work that Graham Wills has been doing on the history of the sawmill and on the lives of the carpenters who have worked in Simonsbath.  The information, advice and inspiration that Roger Burton has given in connection with this work is gratefully acknowledged. The research is continuing so please contact Graham - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - if you notice any errors or omissions and for further information.  Graham would particularly like to hear from anyone with information on any of the carpenters. 

The carpenters' shop in the mid 1990s, before restoration.


A booklet on the lives of three of the Estate Carpenters - James Harvey, John Karslake and James Welch - which was available at the sawmill is now out of print.   













A revised and expanded book on the sawmill carpenters will be published soon.  The new book updates the information on James Harvey, John Karslake and James Welch and also covers William WelchCharlie Elworthy and Den Westlake.  It also mentions other Exmoor carpenters, including the first one whose name we know - John Smith - and Thomas and William Hodge who were the estate carpenters in the 19th century.