Smiths Timber Merchants Limited,
Appleton Gate,
Newark, Notts NG24 1LJ
Tel: 01636 702573 Fax: 01636 708716
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Thomas and James Smith came from Upton, near Southwell, Nottingham. They started a timber business at the bottom of Beacon Hill, Newark in mid 1880's. The site they bought was an old flourmill.

They developed this site into the first Steam Sawmill in the Midlands. They brought timber by horse drawn drays from as far as Lincolnshire and Leicestershire to way into Nottinghamshire.

The timber they converted was used by local builders, joiners and wheelwrights. They also supplied the timber for use by the Trent Navigation Co. at the Dockyard at Newark for tillers and boat making in general. They also cut the elm cills at the bottom of the lock gates. They worked with Ransomes of Newark testing new woodworking machinery being produced by them in the early 1900's.

In private life, Thomas Smith married and had 15 children. He became a local Alderman and supervised the lighting of the bonfires on Beacon Hill in 1887 for the Queen's Jubilee, and again in 1902 for the Coronation of King George.

Thomas Smith built most of the houses in rows on Beacon Hill, Long Row and Tolney Lane, Newark and also Smith Street and Coronation Street, Balderton, and many other properties.

When Alderman Smith died, the business was carried on by his two sons, Fred and John. John died first and on the death of Fred Smith the business was taken over by Colin Smith the last of the Alderman Smiths sons. On the death of Colin Smith the business was taken over by Jack Beall, son in law of Colin Smith.

The business moved to new premises in Queens Road, Appleton Gate, Newark in December 1976.

In 1998 the company changed it's name to Smiths Timber Merchants Ltd, to which it was already locally known by its customers.

The business is now run by John and Robert Beall, sons of the late Jack Beall.

On Thursday 28th June 2012 Robert Beall had the honour of carrying the Olypmic torch in Newark.

2nd May 2013 John Beall reached 50 years working for the family business.

30th June 2013 John Beall retired.