Village and Estate Industries

Slindon with its farms and woodlands, timber yards and forge supported the usual range of industries and crafts to be found in a rural community including:

  • Wheelwright (the iron rim ‘tyring’ being then added in the forge)
  • Wedgemaking (the wedges, always beech wood, being used in shipbuilding)
  • Carters
  • Pale- Cleaver (making posts and rails)
  • Ash Shavers (shaving ash for various purposes including tennis rackets)
  • Cooper (Tub maker)
  • Brickyard (in Mill Road, shop in Top Road)
  • Carpenters
  • Shoemakers (several making boots & shoes, repairers)
  • Post / Wind Mill (originally on the Downs and then in Mill Road)
  • Horse Trader
  • Bakery (The Old Bakery is opposite the thatched former post office in Top Road, the Baker now operates from Ford)
  • Garages with the local bus (The Silver Queen)


Before the advent of modern transport a huge proportion of young villagers,on leaving school at 12/14 years, were employed on the farms and estate, including being ‘ in service’ in Slindon House and the larger village homes, as illustrated in this 1880s picture of Slindon Estate staff.

Slindon Stable YardForge Dyers LaneWindmillCarters at Lime treeCharcoal Burners

A significant industry since the late 1960s is the famous Pumpkin Farm in Top Road created by Ralph Upton,and now run by his son Robin. It often features in television and the local media.

PumpkinsHay Making 1920sPark LaneSilver Queen Bus