A Good Job Well Done: The Story of Rendell, a West Country Builder - W. J. RomainAmersham: Stocker Hocknell, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which has been taped to the pastedowns. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Chronological tables ; Photographic end papers & blanks;
From the cover: “In 1847, a Frenchman designed the aneroid barometer, Jane Eyre was created and there was a financial crisis in Britain. But this did not deter a 30-year-old Devonian exile, William Rendell, from establishing a whitesmith and ironmongery business in the ancient Wiltshire town of Devizes. From this seedling enterprise grew the company whose tale is told within these covers. Still firmly rooted in Devizes 136 years later, V. Rendell & Sons Ltd is now one of the country’s top twenty house builders, with a broad spread of associated interests in construction.
William Rendell’s eight sons by his first wife formed an ideal platform for a family business. But the Founder could hardly have foreseen that the Rendell family involvement would last continuously for five generations. This company biography provides its own commentary on changing times. Rendell spans the transition from hand-dug 200 feet wells to the bliss of piped water. Rendell replaced the candle with the gas mantle, and the mantle with electric light. The company’s first ever building job was a kitchen chimney: nowadays Rendell’s chimney-less, all-electric houses win Medallion Awards. Above all, working conditions have undergone a revolution. A century ago, the 6-day week, the 14-hour day, the 6am start and a 5-mile walk to work were commonplace.
As this book describes, Rendell has variously developed, constructed, extended, modernised and maintained almost every type and scale of building structure, from Andover Town Centre to a windmill at Wilton. The company has served old-established schools, racehorse trainers, the National Trust, famous breweries, the armed services, Government agencies and a host of local authorities.
In its time, Rendell has operated over much of Southern Britain, from London to Lundy. Now an important member of the nationally-based Y. J. Lovell Building Group, whose own history dates from 1786. Rendell currently has half-a-dozen subsidiary interests of its own, covering electrical contracting, heating, plumbing, joinery, painting and decorating, roofing, tiling and landscaping. Wherever the Rendell sign is seen, one can confidently predict that A Good Job is still being Well Done.”