Victoria Sawmills, a timber merchant, which has traded in the South West for 123 years, has been sold to The Fence Stores Group and will now trade as The Sidmouth Fencing Centre.
Victoria Sawmills, owned by Clinton Devon Estates, was a family business established in 1887 with outlets in Merton near Okehampton as well as Colaton Raleigh. The original sawmills function of the business in East Devon, from which Victoria Sawmills took its name, closed in the mid 1980s but the store continued to provide timber products to customers and trade.
In 2008 the retail outlet in North Devon was closed due to changes in the local market place and the downturn in the wider economy.
Investments have since been made in equipment and technology at the Merton site where the focus has been on producing high-quality, locally crafted and sustainably produced gates under the Clinton Gates brand.
The new branch of Fence Stores is now operating from the Colaton Raleigh site in Hawkerland Road. All four Victoria Sawmills staff have transferred to the new employer.