Titchmarsh & Goodwin is a family business whose roots go right back to the 18th century with carpenter Samuel Goodwin sending his son George to join the workshops of a London cabinet maker.
On his return, with all the prestige of a London apprenticeship, George set himself up to design and create fine furniture for the affluent burghers of East Suffolk.
He sparked a tradition of cabinet and clock-case making in and round Ipswich and in 1920 his descendant Gordon Goodwin founded the company with Lawrence Titchmarsh. The bill for the first week’s wages was £17 4s 9d and at the end of the first year of trading, sales totalled £1,349. Premises were bought in Back Hamlet, our current site, in 1924.
We have been making furniture since then in ways little changed from the time of George Goodwin. On our website we show pieces that mix both beauty and utility. The same sturdy materials and honest craftsmanship which stamped the work of our forebears are a feature of our work today and we delight at the perfection of our hand-crafting skills.
Over the years, Titchmarsh & Goodwin furniture has made its way into the finest interiors all over the world, including Riyadh Palace in Saudi Arabia, President Johnson bought pieces from Smith & Watson in New York; it appeared in the film Battle of Britain and in 1958 the people of Honduras bought a desk and chair for Princess Margaret, which was put on display at 35 Curzon Street and a two-day cocktail party ensued to celebrate.
Our workshop in Ipswich remains the best place to see the most comprehensive selection of our furniture and to see your furniture being made.
Contact Titchmarsh & Goodwin today on 01473 252158 to find out how we can create luxury bespoke furniture for your needs.