The last Smith family member to own the company was Eddie Smith who, together with his wife Winnie ran it until they retired. Although, sadly, Eddie is no longer with us Winnie is a frequent visitor to our workshops. Since then the company has undergone several changes of owner and was purchased by Robin & Peter Tuppen, Anna Piper and Frank Odell in 1989. Robin and his wife Sue now run the business, supplying Trugs all over the World. They export somewhere in the region of 40% of their Trug production every year.
In the autumn of 1997 Robin Tuppen demonstrated Trug making at the Courson Gardening Show in France where he was awarded the ‘Ruban d’Argent’ (Silver Ribbon) for his Trugs. Then, with a full demonstration of Trug Making and a large display of Trugs, in the spring of 1998 and 1999 he was awarded the ‘Ruban d’Or’ (Gold Ribbon).
In their efforts to make Thomas Smith’s famous and useful Trug available to all, Robin and Sue have now gone on-line with this Web site, once again showing that Trug Makers have the entrepreneurial expertise to keep up with modern marketing methods. Of course, being a traditional company, Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop still welcomes personal callers who can walk around our workshops and chat to the Craftsmen as they make our famous products. There is no charge for doing this but we hope that visitors will buy a Trug of course and help us to keep this traditional and quintessential English gardening product alive and kicking for another 200 years or more!
There are imitations of our product of course but we consider that copying is a form of flattery! Naturally there is only one original and authentic Trug and that is ours – made only at Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop right in the centre of Herstmonceux – the Royal Sussex Trug.
Thomas Smith’s – the Heart of Herstmonceux!
LOOK FOR THE STAMP OF AUTHENTICITY ON THE BOTTOM OF ALL OUR TRUGS!!!!!!
- Address Magham Down, Herstmonceux,UK
- Phone 01323-871640
- Website http://www.sussextrugs.com
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