Bosbury Chairmaker Remembered

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THE LIFE of a famous Bosbury chair maker, who died over a century ago, is to be remembered at at Woodland Trust celebration.

As the Trust marks its 20th anniversary with open day at Clissett Wood, thoughts will turn to Philip Clissett, the renowned local country chair maker famous for his ladderback and spindleback chairs.

The chairs are now very collectable and sought-after, and examples may be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Trust spokesman, Chris Armstrong said: "Clissett Wood is a ten acre broadleaved woodland near Stanley Hill, close to Bosbury.

"Twenty years ago seven wood enthusiasts got together to form a trust to manage this woodland and provide a wonderfully relaxed and beautiful setting for greenwood courses, wildlife conservation, timber production and recreation. They renamed the wood Clissett Wood in honour of Philip Clissett (1817 -1913 ) who lived and worked in a cottage only a few hundred yards away, making ladderback and spindleback chairs by hand using a pole lathe."

On Saturday August 9, from noon - 6pm the trust will hold an open day, with free admission, and displays showing the history of the wood and the landscape. Experts will be on hand to provide information on the wood and Philip Clissett.

There will also be advice on barn owl conservation, bowl turning demonstrations, horse and cart rides and other attractions and refreshments.

Anyone with a Clissett chair is invited to get in touch and bring it along .

Further details on, 01531 640125.

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