The firm was started by Derek Wright in 1957 (making 2007 our golden
anniversary). Using a converted cow shed, loft area, yard and later
acquiring 2 fisherman's cottages he created a thriving carpentry and joinery
business. The cow shed was converted into a joinery shop with all the
necessary machines for making windows frames and the like. The cottage being
used as a store. In 1971 the loft was demolished and in its place a modern
shop was built. This shop enabled the business to take a new direction: DIY
and Art & Craft.
In 1970 his son Gary joined the business. This heralded a shift into art and
picture framing and less emphasis was placed on the DIY side. The old
cottage was converted into a picture framing workshop; complete with
necessary machines. Gradually the door handles and hinges made way for
brushes and pencils, the household paints for oil and acrylic and picture
frame mouldings replaced timber.
Over the years paintings were hung in the shop on behalf of the artist.
From this grew the desire to open their own gallery. Eventually, in 1997,
the last remnants of the DIY stock were disposed of and a brand new gallery
opened in this area of the shop. The business was also now much more Art and
In 1998 Gary's daughter Marie joined the family firm, three generations of
Wrights serving the art community. She set about creating a gallery to show
works of art which has grown more in recent years. Also a variety of antique
bits & bobs have crept in under her supervision, you really don't know
what you will find in our nooks 'n' crannies or on our whatnots!
Having worked in the business since its humble beginnings, Derek finally
decided to take it easy and retire, doing so in 2003. He is still likely to
be found in the workshop, working on some project or other.
All Things Art
The business is now firmly rooted in all things art. A budding artist can
obtain all the things needed to pursue his or her chosen field. From pencil
drawings, through pen and ink, acrylic and water colour to oil painting
Wrights stock everything. They have all kinds of paper, board and canvas,
the right brush for the job and can, of course, frame the final product.
They even sell the books to tell you how to do it.
For those of you who don't paint or draw in the conventional sense there is
a wide range of alternative craft items. There is something for everyone.
After 30 years the Wright family have built up a substantial reputation for
professional picture framing. They serve not only the needs of the amateur
and professional artist, but also museums, government and commercial
organisations. No job is to too big or too small. Having a large workshop
they are able to make bespoke frames up to 8' by 4', and larger if required.
Add to that the expertise to mount both pictures, tapestries and most
anything you could want in a frame, you have a full service.
N.B. Pricing - Because we have such a large range for you to choose from
pricing via email or phone is difficult. It is best if you can pop in with
your sizes or items to be framed where you can pick your perfect
combination, we can give you a price of which you are under no obligation.