6ft …W Jelks …RARE BARLEY TWIST LEG OAK Snooker diner for sale …not to be missed at this price . £1250

GENUINE ANTIQUE period not reproduction .
and very sought after manufacturer in the billiard table industry .

Jelks Largest Stock of Billiard tables_4

Read all bout W Jelks on the billiards and snooker heritage collection …all credit to the E A Clare ( Peter Clare ) and Peter Ainsworth for history write up.


We Have a private sale client who wishes to sell their very nice Oak Barley twist leg Billiards diner .
Make is the much admired Jelks name …these are realy sought after in that makers name .
and is a genuine ANTIQUE not a reproduction .
We have been told it is a dual height table for dining and playing
as you can see from the photo’s it is in very nice condition
you can buy it all in with the scoreboard and the chairs for just £1250 …WHAT A BARGAIN
just look around at other sites and see what Billiard diners int his condition are going for .
Table is based in Worksop Nottinghamshire .

Very nice period THE CHALLENGE scoreboard is also included as is cues and balls .
I think there are 8 Chairs one removed for photo of legs .


all inquiries to Geoff at GCL billiards .
I will pass on your details to the seller .
this is a private sale and is not owned by GCL billiards .

You could get a price from GCL billiards  for a bespoke professional collection and delivery and set up
but you may find that you can manage with just hiring  a  van and taking two strong persons with you
*** the table is to be paid for before it is allowed to be taken away .

Full size Snooker table , Orme & sons oak fluted leg table for sale *** may be sold deposit taken

the table May be sold deposit taken by seller ******

Score board still available .

We have a client who wishes to sell their much treasured family billiard table
A period of a round 1910 to 1936 is the time period of the table manufacture
Orme & sons well known for their preference to make tables in solid Oak …chances are if you see an old oak table it will be a Orme & sons .

This table is being sold on its own or with a very collectable Orme & sons  Arts & crafts scoreboard
Lighting Shade is included in the price as is the gas stove  heated iron balls and long tackle plus rests .

Square shaped fluted leg with decorative button and flat bead edged knee panels

Now these boards are a bit special , and this one more so as it is from the Arts & Crafts period and design .
The table can be sold separately  for £500 and the score board for £600 , or both for £1000 .
and as a gesture the owner will throw in a nice set of framed period rules .
the score board is a 10 player life pool and billiards board and has 6 ivory buttons missing but overall is in very good order , I am sure you could locate 6 buttons from a collector or billiards firm .
or buy an old bone ball and have some made on lathe .

the arts and crafts carved design of the closed door fronts to this board make it unique and collectable
Be a shame to separate it from the table , but these boards are in demand .
if the table is sold first then the board can go after .
but the buyer of the table gets first refusal of the score board .

Ivory name plate on the table has King George V as monarch , reign from 1910 to 1936 .
a good way to date a table if you have no original sales receipt is the end name plate on the cushions
most carry the time period of the Reigning monarch .
Sadly we live in a time where the board is worth more than the table , but we have priced these items at a very reasonable costing ,
this reflects the sale s prices currently fetching around the UK for S/H tables and equipment .
A good time to buy is right now .

a nice set of framed period  Billiards rules , could do with a new antique effect glass in the front .
these are included if you buy both the table and the score board .
but if not then this set of rules is £50 .
Table is located near Bamford  , Manchester .
Cost of removal and collection  is down to buyer , the table is on GROUND FLOOR , so no stairs to get down with the heavy slates .

*** if you require a quote for professional billiard fitter team to collect load , deliver unload and set up on Ground floor , please contact Geoff at GCL billiards for a quote


As we have left the EU and we start trading on our own , I have started to recommend some BUY BRITISH Cue sports suppliers .
First one to kick start it off is DAVE COUTTS CUES based in Lincoln but ships all over the world .

Dave Coutts for hand spliced cues , based in Lincolnshire .
A local master craftsman of the art of Hand spliced cue making .
One of the leading cue makers in the UK .

contact web site …. https://www.couttscues.co.uk/

See how hand spliced cues are made by Dave on  made on Youtube link below .


WANTED FULL SIZE SNOOKER TABLE (must be on ground floor for dismantle collection )

We have a client based in Cambourne Cornwall looking to buy a full size snooker table
because of the logistics of this , a low cost nice condition table is required .
it may be that you have moved into a new home and wish to make the snooker room into a room you can use .
or selling a  property and the new buyers of your house have made it a condition that the table is removed before they exchange contracts  .
Therefore price has to be very reasonable taking into condition that tables are hard to sell , and too many for sale from closed down clubs have saturated the market
it really is a buyers market .
hence why GCL billiards do not get involved with buying and selling tables . we prefer to just advertise private sales on our much visited for sale section and wanted  section ,
I could fill a warehouse with free to collect or low price tables and only sell one or two a year .

**** We are looking for Ground floor located tables only**** .
We are looking for something like this Karnehm and Hillamn , as long as rubber has good bounce the cloth condition is not going to be an issue but woodwork has to be good .

even a  square leg version of a Karnehm and Hillman will do .

Or basic Riley Arsitocrat with standard cushions

Of course we will also take into consideration any make of table , but build quality and condition is going to be the decisive factor when we select one for this client
it is a long way to go to fit a table from Nottingham and we do not wish to disappoint the client by fitting an inferior table and I am afraid a lot of inferior tables where manufactured in the 1980’s
I will not say what a previous client paid for this table , but it was not a lot of money
and it was sold for that because very little interest in people wishing to buy and pay to have it dismantled and transported and set back up .

If you have a table for sale that fits any of our requirements then please get in touch with ~Geoff  on email ..  c.large@btinternet.com

or phone 07753466064

Geoff Large
NBSA approved billiards fitter
GCL billiards

Re-starting the Pool table rentals again…after lock down and closure of Pubs & Clubs.

When the pub’s & clubs closed under Covid 19 regulations in mid March . ( 22nd March )
We where very quick off the mark to stop charging for our pool tables that we have in many venues around Nottingham & Derby .
we have not charged any rental income  in our none opening venues for the last 4 months .
Now the Government has issued the guidelines of certain sports games including POOL TABLES  being ALLOWED to be PLAYED ON as the pub’s are also allowed to re-open  .
under strict Covid 19 preventative measures , we are now restarting the rentals on our tables from Friday the 17th of July onward’s .

As you can appreciate we have not been earning any money off our rentals side of the business and had a very rough time on the fitting side of the Snooker & Pool table maintenance
It was always going to be a difficult decision on when we start to charge again .
So we will charge half a month for July as we did in March when we only charged half a month for that month when we issued the none charging during closed down of business .
add the full months of  April /May and June and you can see we have not taken any rentals income for 4 full months .
We feel we have been very fair with what we have done , we did not wait to be told by our clients we acted because we thought it was the correct thing to do .
We hope all our rental clients see it the other way around as start to charge again .
I know from personal experience of being around the clubs pubs and private dwellings and Facebook pages and snooker and Pool table social media pages ,  that Pool players are chomping at the bit to get back playing in the pubs and clubs .
which is good news for the Pub trade and good news for us pool table rental operators .
We hope the landlords play their part in keeping the equipment and table surround disinfected on a regular basis as in guidelines laid down by the Government .
and we will be around to start the re-clothing process if you are due a re-cloth .

Do not overcrowd the tables or stand close together .

But here are a few pointer s on what could be done to stay within the guidelines
Try and play in threes with one designated ball racker and cue ball retriever , while the others 2 are the players .
there is no need for players to touch the balls this way .
After each game disinfect the cue ball and wipe the top flat surface of the table surround down .
at the end of the night disinfect all the balls and the table playing cushion surround and chrome corner pockets .
all cues rests too disinfect .
Players to play with own cues where possible
If using pub rack cues wipe down each time a change over of player is done .
use your own chalk .
Disinfect the coin mech after each coin inserted .
stay away from each other by at least the length or width of the table , and do not shake hands .
Hopefully when we find a preventative measure all will get back to normal in our pubs & clubs , if you need anything just contact Geoff at GCL billiards .

Story of a novice Hand Floating billiard slate …plus a Gillows Table Photo’s .

All credit to Peter Ainsworth for this story
But an insight to some of my clients on what skills are required just for one part of the production of a billiards / snooker table .
the Early slate beds of circa 1830 onward .

I am a member of a Vintage billiards Group on Facebook , and came across this piece by Peter Ainsworth recently , that I found fascinating , as hand floating slates is not an easy job even when you have some idea how to do it , but this guy was a complete novice .
All credit of story to Peter for this , and I hope he does not mind me pasting it on my face book page for you all to read .
it really does give you an insight on what is required to hand float and cut slates to be used on a billiard table.

Taken from a message by Peter Ainsworth

From what I read, the wooden beds had a lot of problems with warping, which caused them to go out of true quite readily. It’s little wonder that slate was adopted as soon as the machinery became available to extract and transport it from the Welsh quarries. There is a wonderful story told by John Brown in his memoirs (published 1858) which describes his efforts to convert a wooden bed table at the University Billiard Rooms in Cambridge, which I have told previously, but this is a good excuse to relate it again:
John Brown took over the billiard rooms at Ram Yard, Cambridge, in 1837, his residence being across the road. These are his own words from his book: “Possessing some knowledge of billiards, I bought an old wooden table, and taught the game among my fellow townsmen, which was a source of considerable profit to me. Thus things went on for about two years, when I prevailed upon my landlord to build me a second billiard-room. This being done, I purchased another wooden table; but as slate was now beginning to supersede wood, the thought occurred to me that I would buy some slates in the rough, and make a bed for the table I had last purchased. I accordingly went to a merchant’s yard, and bought four slabs of various sizes and unequal substance. I then commenced one of the most tedious and uphill tasks that ever man attempted. I first chiselled down the surface as nearly as I could to a level face; and next sawed each slab to its proper size with a common hand saw; a job that would break the heart of any lazy man. Having proceeded thus far, I next secured a square piece of Yorkshire stone, and fixed it in a wooden frame, with a long pole running across the top, this was the style of machine that we used to holystone decks with on board ships. With the aid of this rude engine, I set two men to grind down the surface of the slate. This was accomplished by gathering a quantity of dirt from the roadside, and putting it through a sieve, whereby the soft portion was washed away, leaving the sharp gritty substance behind. This stuff, when ground between two hard surfaces, will cut like small diamonds; but as slate is in its nature remarkably tough, the progress we made was slow in proportion. Whilst the two men drew the machine backwards and forwards, I fed the work by keeping up a constant supply of grit and water. Thus in about three weeks we so far prepared the slabs as to be able to lay them on the frame of the billiard table, in order to render the joining’s perfect, and to justify the bed by a spirit level. As I was compelled to do this work at home (having no other available place), it was a source of great annoyance to my wife; the slate slush running downstairs, and constantly inundating the lower part of the house. During the accomplishment of the arduous performance I was constantly assailed by the impertinent remarks of passers-by, many of whom fancied that I had undertaken an impossibility, and had altogether overrated my capabilities. However, the event solved all doubts. Having succeeded in levelling the bed and fitting the joints, I mortised the slate for the reception of the nuts, which, after their insertion, I secured by filling the interstices with molten lead. The bed was now perfect, and ready to receive the cushions; and these being screwed on to the aforesaid nuts, my task was completed. I sat down and viewed the result with triumphant satisfaction.”

The above un-refurbished Gillows table with old slate three section bed was a table I worked on in the past until sold
It has had its wood bed replaced sometime after 1840′ to 1870’s , it was originally manufactured by Gillows around 1820 / 30
well sometime pre 1830’s anyway .

the table was Bought and renovated by Paul Mckeiver to this fine table below .
and what a fantastic job he made of it .

We are going to start supplying with delivery and fitting Blackball Dining pool tables

We are going to start supplying Blackball tables and will include a full bespoke delivery and fitting of the table
to any Ground floor location .
One particular model which is selling very well is the Silver Oak Pool dining table 7 x 4 size but also available in 6 x 3 if you do not have the room .

As you can see this ultra modern table will blend into most Homes
and in the neutral colour of grey silver oak very appealing to the eye .

a very generous span for seating , with plenty of leg room from the ultra slim depth of cabinet .

choice of cloth colour , but this much desired powder blue Hainsworth match cloth is very popular .

The top dining sections are very well made and pin together on central dowel joint .
Price will depend on miles  , and includes a professional billiard fitter to position and level the table to Ground floor locations .
this is not a drop off and leave you to struggle  , it is a bespoke fully fitted service using  professional billiard fitters .
Who takes his time to level the table on site , and is not just a van driver who is rushing for his next drop off point and just leaves it on the driveway or pavement outside your house .
We have professional trolleys for wheeling the heavy slate bed and main body of the table into position .
Please contact Geoff at GCL billiards for a quote for this full Bespoke service .

NHS owned POOL TABLE FOR SALE you must collect from London £200 to £250 ?

We have a charitable cause to try and find a buyer for the 7×4 pool table
this belongs to part of the NHS organisation .
any funds raised will be used to improve their  service for other use or equipment needed .
I have valued it at around £200 to £250 . but they are open to offers and best offer will secure .

please contact

Denise Dulniak

Team Administrator


Recovery East Team

Avenue House

43/47 Avenue Road

Acton, London W3 8NJ

Tel: 020 8483 1720


**** it looks like it needs 4 new adjustable feet to level the table and the plates  , these can be sourced via EBAY or from any UK pool table manufacturer
or from another  table that is being broken for spares .
but they may have them on site or they may be inside the table .
I would hope that a valuation of around £200 to £250 is about correct for this type of slate bed table and is realistic and  achievable .