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About the Timber Merchant

William Frances Timber is a traditional timber yard with a DIY shop attached in Herne Bay, on the Kent coast. We have a varied customer base, including professional carpenters, building contractors and DIY enthusiasts from across Herne Bay, Whitstable, Canterbury and Ashford.

A very well established business, William Frances began trading in 1958 and the present owners, Julie and David Mount, took over in 1996. We have remained a friendly, local business with an emphasis on customer service and giving honest, expert advice.

Quality has always been our focus here at William Frances Timber. Whilst we strive to be competitive on all our product range, our prices offer good value for money.

If you have any queries please contact us on 01227 374469 for friendly advice on your bespoke project.


DirectorDavid Mount – Director

David took over as Owner and Director of William Frances in 1996. Using his life time experience in timber he can advise you on your project and carpentry needs.



ManagerPaul Evans – Manager

Paul joined us as manager in 2010. He has a keen eye for detail and his organisational skills always ensure the customer’s project runs smoothly.



Wood MachinistJeff Spray – Wood Machinist 

Jeff has 12 years’ experience at William Frances and uses his skills to operate our machines and tooling to produce an excellent product. Jeff operates the spindle moulder, planer/thicknesser and circular saw



JoinerTom Mount – Bench Joiner

Tom has been with William Frances since 2013. He completed his apprenticeship with us whilst studying for his Bench Joinery NVQ 2 at Maidstone College. Tom as recently joined us as a full member of staff and is happy to manufacture joinery products for our customers.




Dizzy helps on deliveries. She hasn’t past her test yet…