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  • Compact Dining

    Posted on June 6, 2014 by Administrator

    Old Charm offers a variety of flexible dining solutions for where space is at a premium. From Old Charm there is the Amberley (pictured) dining groups which features more traditional styling and is available in an extended 8 colours and finishes, Traditional and Heritage. The Amberley Dropleaf table is a compact and practical design comfortably seating 6 when fully open and down to 2 when closed. From the Hertford collection there is a more contemporary styled extending table (pictured) which follows the simple lines and natural oak reflected in the rest of the range. Chatsworth offers a fixed round table with turned pedestal leg, perfect for a cosy corner and available in Flaxen.

    Make the most of our 90th anniversary Old Charm dining offer – see website homepage for details.

    This post was posted in Uncategorized

  • Character Oak

    Posted on May 22, 2014 by Administrator

    Oak is the predominant timber used by Old Charm although elm, walnut, ash and various other knotty woods also feature in the ranges, either for aesthetic or functional purposes.
    Oak is a remarkable and durable wood and its hard, open grain makes it ideal for the wear and tear of domestic use and also for delicate carving. At Old Charm we use the superior white oak which is more durable, less porous, finer textured and has a more useable colour than its cousin the red oak, especially with some of our lighter finishes, such as Chatsworth.

    Pictured above is a detail of the new Ludlow occasional collection which features Pippy Oak detailing.

    This post was posted in Uncategorized

  • Working From Home

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Administrator

    Working from home is no longer a compromise! From Old Charm collections comes a variety of flexible and stylish home office designs that are suitable for all interior spaces from grand to compact and traditional to contemporary. There is a choice of grand bureaux to slimline desks and delicate writing tables. Plenty of storage is also on offer with abundance of bookcases, shelving options and filing cabinets. Redesign your work space with stunning Old Charm!

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  • Our Customer Service

    Posted on May 8, 2014 by Administrator

    At Wood Bros, our Customer Service team is committed to providing the very best service, as it is one of the most powerful lines of communication, between our company and our customers.

     Whether it is an initial enquiry, an ongoing issue or aftercare service, our team will endeavour to help you. We believe that our Service to you, is a series of activities designed to enhance the level of customer satisfaction, that our help with your product enquiry has met and, hopefully exceeded your expectation.
    Here are a few of our latest emails from happy customers:
    "Drawer pull received and fitted. My thanks to Jean for the excellent service in helping to resolve this issue so quickly.
     Best regards
     Mr F Davison, N. Ireland. "
    "Thank you so much for finding the shelf supports for me. I am very grateful for your efforts and time in doing this.
    Thanks again
    Mr F. Eyles, Suffolk."
    "I'm so so grateful for my table re-polish. You have done a wonderful job. Your customer service has lived up to the good name you have earned yourselves over the years - wonderful workmanship and a credit to anyone who can say 'I proudly work for Wood Bros'.
    Thank You
    Mrs J Gray, Essex." 

    This post was posted in News and was tagged with Old Charm, Customer Service, Staff

  • Proud To Be Different!

    Posted on May 6, 2014 by Elly Cornish

    Here at Old Charm we have a style that is “marmite”. With our stylised carving, chunky turnings and rich, warm timber hues, we stand out from the abundant pale oak and simple lined styles that dominate the high street.

    To enhance our distinctive look we have added bespoke forged metal fittings, still use traditional leadlights, and consciously select character timber that together creates each individual piece of Old Charm.

    Today we see emerging a new discerning and savvy customer who do not want to follow the crowd; they would rather express their interior in an altogether unique way: with an eclectic piece of Old Charm, or two.

    Old Charm Games Table

    This post was posted in Design, Furniture and was tagged with Old Charm, Carving, Oak, bulbous leg, Statement piece

  • Games Tables

    Posted on April 24, 2014 by Elly Cornish

    Games Tables

    In the 16th century furniture pieces were adapted for the purpose of chess and other games. During this time chess tables and game tables were constructed of wood with needlepoint patterns for the game board.

    These game tables became further developed and detailed in the 18th century. During this time, card tables reached their peak of popularity and artistic detail. They were practical pieces made to fold, and were finely decorated in the Directoire style, which featured simple angles and hand painting.

    At Old Charm, we have improvised our own version of a Games Table with echoes from the 16th century. It is a luxury item that creates much interest due to its ornately carved bulbous leg, secret drawer filled with gaming tools and marquetry top.

    This post was posted in Furniture, Uncategorized and was tagged with Old Charm, Design, Carved pedestal leg, grand statement piece

  • 90th Anniversary Brochure

    Posted on April 16, 2014 by Victoria-Hallam

    Our 90th Anniversary Brochure and Price List!!

    Have you received yours yet?

    Ask us to send you one!

    This post was posted in Heritage, News, Uncategorized and was tagged with Old Charm, Brochure, 90th Anniversary

  • Old Charm New Finishes 2014

    Posted on April 15, 2014 by Victoria-Hallam

    2014 sees the choice of colour increase to four: Light Oak, Tudor Brown, Vintage and Chestnut. Each of these colours is now available in either a traditional or heritage finish taking the combination of choice up to eight.

    These finishes are achieved through the use of traditional materials and techniques to be both pleasing to the eye and durable. At the same time attention to detail ensures that these are authentically replicated to capture the history and integrity of the time.

    The Heritage finish gives an added traditional dimension to the furniture with light distressing that reflects the passage of time. Whilst the Traditional finish is a clean consistent finish that only has mild softening of cabinet edges.

    This post was posted in Design, Furniture, News and was tagged with Old Charm, New, Design Finishes

  • 90th Anniversary Promotion

    Posted on January 17, 2014 by Administrator

     90th Anniversary Old Charm Table and Chair Promotion 

    2014 sees Wood Bros celebrate 90 years of trading and to commemorate this historic event Old Charm will be taking the unprecedented step of offering a year long promotion on selected table and chair sets.


    Therefore starting on November 25th 2013 for 12 months selected Old Charm table and chair set combinations will be offered as a SET PRICE that represents huge savings for you, the consumer.


    Our Terms & Conditions


    • This promotion applies to the Old Charm collection only. (Excluding Chatsworth, Ludlow & Hertford).
    • The promotion is Wood Bros (Furniture) Ltd are offering special prices on selected Old Charm Table and Chair set combinations.
    • This annual promotion starts 25th November 2013 and runs until 22nd November 2014 inclusive.
    • Standard finish Table & Sets prices are different to the higher priced Heritage finish Table & Sets prices.
    • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or on-going offer.
    • All items on the qualifying order must be in one colour only.
    • If an item is out of stock or unavailable an alternative must be selected. Our Sales Office will contact you on receipt of the order if this is the case.
    • Orders need to be clearly marked ‘Old Charm 90th Promotion’. Retailer Store Orders only.
    • This offer is only available through retail outlets, our website and orders that are distributed through retail outlets.
    • This offer does not apply to any clearance merchandise whether in a retail store or the Wood Bros factory outlet.
    • No financial alternative can be offered in place of this offer.
    • All qualifying orders to be received by the Sales Office by Wednesday 26th November 2014.
    • Orders can not be back dated after Wednesday 26th November 2014.

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  • Celebrating 90 years of craftsmanship……

    Posted on January 17, 2014 by Administrator



    For 90 years Wood Bros has been perfecting the art of traditional cabinet-making. From the iconic Tudor-inspired Old Charm collection, to the classic country style of Chatsworth and the elegant Ludlow, Wood Bros sees innovation and design as the key to its success. 

    Our 90th year is an appropriate milestone for the next exciting development in Old Charm’s evolution. We feel that choice, quality and availability are increasingly important.


    2014 sees a significant increase in the choice of finishes available, with Old Charm now available in eight different finishes. Our four authentic colours are now all available in either our traditional finish or our distressed heritage finish.


    The lifetime guarantee that has been the ultimate expression of our confidence in the quality and integrity of Old Charm has been extended to include the Chatsworth & Ludlow collections within this anniversary year.


    Our delivery times are now shorter than ever due to investment in our supply chain ensuring your selected furniture will be in your home even quicker.

    For a quintessential English interior, look no further than one of our classic furniture collections. There really has never been a better time to invest in furniture from us.


    A Brief History

    Wood Bros furniture was founded in 1924 by Mr H.W. Wood MBE (or ‘HW’ as he was known to all) A family company which, with it’s wide and varied past of innovation, design and hard work, diversified into many interesting niche areas.


    Coming from a long line of accomplished cabinetmakers, HW loved the strength and character of oak, the material that had built English power from its navy, buildings and homes since the 15th century. He chose oak timber, perfect for construction, to create the Old Charm collection of fine traditional furniture with its rich and decorative carvings and motifs.


    Other timbers and materials like glass fibre and plastics later caught his imagination for making unusual and niche products. Prestigious contracts of national importance were earned on the great ocean-going transatlantic liners of the 1960s.


    Success followed his endeavours, which were driven by his belief in surrounding oneself with beauty combined with function. His favourite quote was the William Morris golden rule ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’


    The ‘Old Charm Collection’ made from oak is still a popular choice for many interiors due to its durability and hard open grain, which is ideal for the rigours of domestic use as well as for delicate carving. Traditional carving motifs used on Old Charm furniture include linenfold panels, stylized Gothic arches, cactus flowers and the ornate bulbous leg (pictured) to name a few. Each carving has its own unique history.


    Authentic bespoke fittings such as the ring pull handles and snake hinges have been created specifically for the Old Charm collection. Genuine hand soldered lead lights are also used in the various glazed cabinets.



    The ‘Chatsworth Collection’ sees the extension of Old Charm into a more classic and unembellished style that reflects the informality of the archetypal English ‘country manor’. What it lacks in adornment it makes up for in character shown through the knotty oak, turned legs, and plain beaded panels. It is finished in ‘Flaxen’, a mellow straw colour that together with mild softening suggests centuries of use.

    Hand forged metal handles and discreet hinges are used as door furniture and to enhance the collection’s simple lines. A selection of dining fabrics and hides are available that complement the Chatsworth collection.



    The 'Ludlow Collection’ features a more delicate and subtle take on traditional furniture. Fashioned in pippy oak and a soft ‘corn’ finish, Ludlow would complement many interior styles and sizes due to its compact scale.


    Tapered legs, clean lines and elegant proportions make Ludlow a distinctive collection for the living and dining room. Simple oak knobs and discreet hinges are as functional as they are decorative and there is a selection of dining fabrics also available to choose from.



    To get involved with us here at Wood Bros and hear about our latest news, collections and offers, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or sign up for our enewsletter on the home page of this website.


    For this 90th anniversary year we will be running several 90th celebratory promotions with all our Collections. What out for them instore or online!!

    This post was posted in Design, Furniture, Heritage, News

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