Snooker & Pool Table Recovers

Geoff Large, expert table fitter with 37 years of experience. All aspects of snooker, pool and 9 ball table recovers, repairs and maintenance. My services include: Recover of bed cloth and/or cushion cloth Stretching of bed cloth Re-rubbering of cushions Fitting new pocket nets, leathers and rails Refurbishment and re-polishing Levelling of the table Dismantling, moving, setting up, logistics and storage Pool table hire Service contracts West of England 100% pure new wool first grade cloth used, no seconds.

Snooker table Dismantle and Transport relocation , use GCL billiards for this specialist service

We have 40 years experience of relocating Snooker and Pool tables of various sizes
if you are looking to have a snooker or Pool table relocated then call in the professionals .
GCL billiards have the correct tools and men to move these heavy tables from one location to another .
dorset slates coming off frame june 2105
The heavy slates are the main object that will catch may DIY or man and a van out , they require careful handling and knowledge of safe loading or storing of these Slates correctly  .
We have three of these piano wheels and a slate slide for downstairs maneuvering with ease of just three men .
Upstairs locations may require up to 6 men to lift these slates up  but we sometimes only use 4 men .
a ground floor to Ground floor locations only require two men
bentinck slates and frame
This table only required moving 6 feet , but it still required a full strip down of slates off the frame to move it safely without damage to slate joints
Do not listen to firms who say they can jack up a full size table and wheel it to a new position , this will damage the slate joints and your carpets or floor covering , and may snap the legs in the process too .
GCL billiards men are trained over years of experience to move tables in a safe and responsible way .
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sometimes we are lucky with on site fork lifts , we always look for the easy option , but never cut corners , on this job
We where able to ask the local farmer if he could just fork lift the slates out of the van and up to the floor the tables where being erected back up on .
B & watts for sale K & Ashfield stored bubbl;e wrapped
If we have to store tables on site , we can also offer a full bubble wrapping service
This table being stored in dismantled form in our Clients Garage , taking very little room up
clitheroe frame up level slates in back
On this job we arrived to find that the client had all ready got the slates and frame upstairs ,
this helps not only in time but in costing as we where only required to send one fitter out to complete this table fitting , with the clients help of putting the slates back onto the frame.
Mark parry frame assemble
When we reach the relocated site , we can start to put the frame parts out ready for assembly
mark parry slates on and linings ready
the slates can go back on and any final leveling done and tack linings refitted
linc brain finished table
And the Table is ready for play in it’s new home
van igor loaded inside cargo
A full size snooker table fits neatly and stacked correctly for transport in the back of our van
Rear view of van Igor
You may see us out and about on the road , our van has distinctive livery of pool theme on sides and Snooker on rear
if you are thinking or having a snooker or Pool table dismantled and relocated , then please get in touch with Geoff Large
with 40 years experience of relocating full size snooker tables , you are in safe hands .

email Geoff below for a quote

c.large@btinternet.com 

POOL TABLE TO RENT @ GCL BILLIARDS


Did you know GCL billiards rent pool tables out to pub’s clubs and staff canteens on full  maintenance contracts .
We have many  tables now  in a few club’s and pubs around the midlands area mainly East midlands , and we also have a major supermarket chain that uses GCL billiards
to supply their new supreme winner pool tables in their staff room / canteens on a rolling contract which we carry out a 6 monthly re-cloth service .
In fact we carry out two re-cloths every year on our tables included in the rental price of £80 per month and no VAT to pay !
We know of no other firm that offers this high maintenance service .
We only wish to cater for a nominal amount of sited rental tables so get on our books while you can  , as we also have a full billiards firm carrying out re-covering and maintenance not only to pool tables but to snooker tables too .
we therefore only wish to have around 40 to 50 machines sited to run alongside our full maintenance billiards firm .
May we point out we are fully qualified billiards fitters and not a fruit machine mechanic who will be maintaining your rental table .
We are 100% cue sports people who understand cue sport players requirements to play on good maintained tables .
we are focused on cue sports rather than coin slot machines in general .
we therefore offer you a better more professional approach to having a fully maintained machine on your premises rather than a poorly maintained one .

initial contract is for 12 month and after that .
we carry out a 6 month rolling contract renewed at each re-cloth stage .
we change the balls every year  , and supply two sets of balls from new .
you have the keys and all that goes in the cash box is yours .
all we ask is you keep to our contract agreement and pay each monthly the rental payment without missing any payments .
So good is this deal that we have two club’s one with three table’s installed and one with 4 table’s installed , as they worked it out that with tax relief it was better to rent than buy .
and not have to worry about paying expensive re-cloth or new cushions or new coin mech .
they just sit back and take the takings from the machine pay the rental each month and have no worries of breakdown costs or maintenance costs ,
and their table always look good with a new re-cloth every 6 months .

we only use top rated cloth Strachan 6811 tournament  as our standard cloth and if you pay a little extra each month you can upgrade to Hainsworth Match cloth .

Tables are cleaned out too so no dusty balls or sticking balls on dirty rail system

we buy the latest green badge tables , so you know you are not playing on a reconditioned 10 year old machine .

the latest tables come with cast metal corners rather than the older plastic chrome corners of the old model .
and the wood finish of all our tables are Black Pearl .
Get in touch with Carol or Geoff Large at GCL billiards to order your new rental supreme winner coin op table and start making money from  your new table as soon as it is installed .
We would like more sites in the Nottingham Derby Beeston Stapleford Long Eaton area especially , but we do have sites as far as Matlock , Lincoln , Nuneaton and Coventry .


WE HAVE TWO TABLES IN STOCK READY TO GO OUT ON SITE .

*** we would like to point out that your pool table in order to make it pay for your rental site , it must take at least £20 per week or £3 per day ,
that’s 40 games a week 0r 6 games a day  at 50p per go .
if you rental site does not make this amount your commitment for the first 12 months is still £80 per month , we do not do 50% split taking site rentals .
and after all many tables take at least £60 to £100 per week what would you rather pay per month £200 split out of £400 takings or £80 per month ?
also do not forget if you attract pool  players into your pub they also buy drinks .
As they say if you provide a better maintained new table you will attract more custom to your pub or club as the word gets around you have a good maintained table .
Maintained by GCL billiards

When I first started in the Billiards industry 1976 . and my last few working years as a billiards fitter .

Above Chettles industrial Estate on Ilkeston Road Nottingham showing weigh Bridge office .
CIRCA 1970’s
on the left My Uncle Ron Hume ( Curly ) he got me into Billiard fitting .
a keen Golfer and member of the Variety club of Great Britain .

I came out of the Army in the year of 1976 , and started to work for my uncle’s firm Trent Valley Pool & Snooker tables Leisure firm in Chettles industrial Estate and office on lincoln Street basford .
I worked alongside my cousin Gary Hume and A sub contract billiard fitter called Mick Robb who had a firm called Belvoir billiards .
I stayed at Trent Valley Leisure for 4 years , then on advice from Mick Robb , I left and moved to Elston & Hopkin of Goldsmith Street Nottingham .
although I still did a bit of work for my Uncle Ron and cousin Gary over the years while I worked for Elston & Hopkin , mainly at weekends or evenings
and my boss at Elston & Hopkin did knew that I helped them out now and again . although their work and sales where nationwide and E&H where local east midlands mainly very little outside a 50 to 80 mile radius
.so no conflict of interest .
John hopkin was a very good Employer and Boss .

The entrance to Elston & Hopkin Empire billiard hall on Goldsmith Street . Now demolished to make way for the royal concert Center building in 1980 .
Photo is Circa 1970’s

In 1980 Elston & hopkin where just being relocated from the very old Empire Theatre Building on goldsmith Street Nottingham where they had a billiard hall and a very fine fitted out Solid Mahogany sales counter for billiard table spares . cue sales and so on .
I also got married in 1980 to my Wife Carol , who I am happy to say we are still together after 39 years of marriage and have two Daughters Helen and Kimberley and in 2018 our first Grand child Emily arrived .~
Sorry no Boys to carry on the business .
Elston & hopkin moved into a workshop on Canal Street , also now demolished , and then into the Newark Street premises from 1980 .
having a 18 table billiard hall , office and workshop on the top floor .
of Davisella house right on the corner of Newark street & Manvers Street .
Elston & hopkin moved out in the early 2000s and sold out to Universal logic in 2004 , I went with the firm to work out of a warehouse in Gainsborough Lincolnshire for the next 7 years .
I look back on the 43 years I have been working as a Billiards fitter .
I have learnt from everyone around me from my Uncles firm and Gary Hume to Mick Robb who was a big influence in my work , to Roger Perczynski and Alan Pykett at Elston & hopkin .
I also learnt a bit of Computer presentation and promotion from my last boss Ted Roberts .
I have had my ups and downs , but became self employed in May 2012 when I had started GCL billiards .


I have met some characters , and worked for some very famous people , as you can imagine it is not everyone who has a room for a full size billiard table , and most celebs and sports personalities do at sometime in their life have ownership or inherit through a house sale a full size table .
But I get as much satisfaction working for normal working folk like myself as I do the high society and famous clientele .
I look upon myself as the Caretaker in my time period of the billiard tables I work on .
I am now approaching 65 years of age , and starting to feel the aches and pains of fitting such heavy tables .
a bit of arthritis , a bad knee joint from my football days , and the normal getting old feeling that you feel creeping up on you .
To the point that upstairs locations are now null and void and no go areas .
let the younger fitters lift slate upstairs or into a basement .
So I do not do this type of heavy lifting anymore , one bad job could put me off work for a long time so why risk it , just ground floor to ground floor locations and the van loading if I wish to carry on to my 70’s
I do not know how long I will be doing this line of work , but I do aim to get to 70 years old at least full time .
So at least another 5 years and two months to go yet .
HEALTH PERMITTING of course .
and maybe do 3 days a week then 2 days a week until retirement , but it is not unusual for 80 year old fitters to still be fitting tables and doing Re-cloths , At Elston and Hopkin they had an old fitter called Joe doing it until he was 80 odd years old .
he fully retired just before I started there .


One of the best Snooker Players you could meet out there , Dennis Taylor
My Granddaughter Emily .

WE ARE NOT A SNOOKER CLUB ! do not phone us up trying to book a table to play on please try Stapleford cue club or any mentioned below to play snooker or pool .

We do not own a snooker or pool club , but if you do require to find a club to play local to us , try Stapleford cue Club they are the closest snooker club to me 2 mile down the road .
Stapleford Cue club is situated at
148 Derby Road behind the pizza hut take away .
Stapleford
Nottingham.
NG9 7AY
tel 01159 394 504

if you are very close to Derby then try
Cueball
under rollerworld access to right in carpark
Derby DE21 4AW
tel 01332 360924

other side of Nottingham then try
Newark cue club
41 Barker Gate
NG24 1UA
tel 01636 612030

I get many phone calls asking if we are open to book a table to play on ?
We are not advertised as a snooker club , we are a Billiards /Snooker / Pool table or as a collective a Cue sports table MAINTENANCE company
This means we work on tables repairing or maintaining them .
our other business is long term contract of coin operated pool table hire to pubs and clubs we do not own our own club .
I am sorry to say it is getting beyond a joke at how many people phone us up sometimes at 12 to 2am in the morning and Today ( Christmas Day ) of all days to ask what time we shut or are we open today.
we suspect these are Taxi Drivers knocking off work or taking a break and wanting somewhere to play snooker or pool .
I do not know of any all nighter snooker clubs most close at 12pm at the latest .

but just to refresh what we are about .

This is what we do
Ashbourne 9ft rubber and cushion blocks gluedpool table keyworth 7ft riley superleague strippinglivingstone strip and cover cushions bluerushcliffe tables and shades on vanBaulk line re-cover june 2015 working on cushions apartBaulk line re-cover june 2015 Geoff on cushion strip
If you require to book a table try Stapleford cue club they are the closest snooker/pool club to me
AND THIS WHAT A SNOOKER CLUB LOOKS LIKE
winners at stabbo cue club x 4
stapleford cue club
cueball pool room busy
Cueball in Derby pool room and plenty of full size snooker tables
Khillman-Newark-CC
Newark cue club 41 Carter gate Newark Nottinghamshire NG24 1UA ………….tel 01636 612030 for booking to play on pool and snooker tables .
Hunters Bar Dec 15th 2015 7 recovers on pool
Hunters Bar Grantham 1 Union Street , Grantham next to lidl’s , NG31 6NZ……………… tel 01476 579493
Hunters bar has 7 UK pool , 4 american pool , and 6 full size snooker tables to play on .

St James model , Oak Burroughs and watts , Match play Steel cushioned full size table for sale in Nottingham … JUST £750 BARGAIN

We have a local client here in Nottingham , who wishes to sell their full size oak snooker table  circa 1930s /50s
the table is a Oak  Burroughs and watts st James model with upgrade of steel cushions on ridgidus frame , and comes with all accessories and modern fibre glass light canopy .
the table has Match play Steel cushions a much sought after design .
as you can see this table is upgrade by steel cushions and in oak plus the rigidus frame .
May be an image of billiards and text that says 'Appointment. THE "ST. JAMES'" AN EMBODIMENT OF SIMPLICITY IN DESIGN. Complete with Accessories Full Size BILLIARD TABLE L massiy £160 SPECIFICATION: 6ft.) Mahogany fitted od tapered RuBy Butted appendages Ivory Long Pockets: PATENT RIGIDUS FRAME, knees: double Fraland England Cloth: Chalk Hoers: and including Brush. ensuresus Manufactured specially extreme supplied the ordinary Frame lustration *SPECIAL Cover Cues. Table. extra. resting upon support. Oak Walnut extra. fitted with Household world, vide description £21 extra. BURROUGHES & WATTS'
and what all professional players like to play on .

Medium oak Burroughs and watts table with rigidus frame style .

Wood work looks very good on this table , the table is very local to me here on the outskirts of Nottingham

the cloth looks a little faded so it may require a new re-cloth , it depends what your budget is

as you can see the scoreboard on the far wall and the light canopy is also included as are the cues in the wall rack .
depending on offers and how much is achieved there may be a few more extra’s included .
please note the removal and relocation of this table is not included in the price ,
the table is for sale as is on site and the buyer has to arrange to collect and deliver , plus any other work they may require like a re-cloth .
if you would like a quote for the dismantle loading onto van deliver and unload and set back up on ground floor ,  before you make an offer please contact Geoff at GCL Billiards
with your details of post code tel number and if the table is to be located on Ground floor or if any stairs are involved ( including anymore than one step )
Just so you know what steel cushions are they have a steel plate often described as a steel block in the trade .
here is a photo of what I mean , and it is a professional design that is used today by all the professional tables you see on TV , and a much desired design and very sought after .

You may see this  painted on stencil on the back of the steel cushions when the wood frieze is removed .

a set of steels that I have worked on in the past

a more modern Riley table with steel cushions on as an example
Steel cushions are an upgrade to any normal wood cushion and often sell second hand for £1000 just for the cushions which makes this table at just £750 a Bargain .



All inquiries for this oak B&W table  to
c.large@btinternet.com     or   07753466064
we will forward any genuine people onto our client .
please note the table is a Private sale it is not GCL Billiards stock it is being advertised on our clients behalf .
Please note there is a system to go through make an offer and we will forward this on if we think it is reasonable for the type and condition of table advertised .
if you wish to talk what is a reasonable price then phone or email Geoff or Carol on contact above .
you will require a room with inner measurements of 22ft by 16ft at least to house this table for decent cue room play .
slightly smaller and you may have to use a smaller cue on some shots .

Bad back and sciatica is effecting work at the moment , please bear with me it will pass

I have had to cancel and looking to re-arrange a few job’s if my bad back and sciatica does not ease up .
it is a long suffering recurring injury and gets worse the more lifting of tables and slate I do .
which at the moment is a lot .
It is the Piriformis muscle expanding and crushing or trapping the nerves , I do not have a herniated or bulging disc .
this causes acute lower back pain and  in the groin area , plus spreading down the leg to lower calf and ankle pain

This illustration above shows the acute pain area I have at the moment
last night I did not get any sleep at all , and today I have spent 2 hours in the hot tub with the warm jets relieving the pain
I bought this hot tub 2 years ago to treat my aches and pains of fitting snooker and pool  tables as I get older .
and it is the only thing that works for me at the moment , these creams you put on are useless and so are some of the pain killers .
not only is the pain in the main Sciatic nerve but there are smaller nerves spreading out like an hand to the front of my groin , these are being irritated too
The causes extreme incruciating pain


All these smaller branches of nerves are also affected not just the main thick nerve that runs into the leg
any one who suffers with this will know just what I having to put up with these last few days .
I have had epidural injection three , two weeks apart to try and fix this some time ago , it was a quick fix and did not really do much in actually curing Sciatica .
I have tried to carry on working fitting tables but even sat driving I am in pain .
and I had a 6 hours of driving yesterday 3 hours there and 3 hours back with 4 hours fitting ,  when I went to fit a 9ft table near Cromer in Purple .
it was after this long day that my back got really  bad pain last night .
they say that sitting is not good for Sciatica , but 6 hours driving standing up is impossible .

so please stick with me if you have a table booked in for work . if you are affected I will make contact to give the reason I cannot do the work .
I do not like letting anyone down , and will get to you to do the work , all I am asking is a bit of leeway to fit you back in to reschedule the work at  a later date
I am sure some of you with just re-cloth work could wait a bit longer as you can still play on the old cloth for a week or two until I reschedule you back in  , it is the actual fitting and moving of tables I will have to really try and reschedule with you or maybe have to pass on work to a  couple of fitters that I know .if you cannot wait a little longer .
If you do not hear from me your work is not affected , but it may be a day before that I phone you .
as Sciatica is one of those injury’s that you just do not know how long it will last .
Easter is here and this gives me at least 4 days to rest it up , plus do a  few stretching exercise that is suppose to alleviate the Piriformis muscle trapping the nerves .
so hopefully I will be OK for Tuesday 6th April and that job is a  full size table and a small pool table fit too   in the same House , lifting 5 heavy slates onto frame from a Garage store  and also 2 hours drive there and 2 hours drive back .
I will keep all those affected in the loop ,
and thanks to all that understand what I am going through at the moment , I would not wish Sciatic pain onto anyone  .

 

SUPERB CARVED ORNATE BILLIARD TABLE IN BURR WALNUT ….. not many made like this one ! £15000

THIS COLLECTION IS ADVERTISED AT AN ALL INCLUSIVE FITTED PRICE OF £15000 as a PRIVATE SALE .

BURROUGHS AND WATTS circa 1880/90 Billiard table in Burr Walnut

OK here is an opportunity for someone
an exceptional Billiard table set including Large Life pool scoreboard and ball storage box underslung under the scoreboard , rotating cue rack , gas style design lighting , framed rules and illustrations .
and all accessories as seen in the photos including cues , rests , balls and cover .
Finished in a superb figured bur walnut , and carved lions heads to knee panels  and Acanthus leaves carved into legs .
You do not often get a table like this being offered direct from the PRIVATE SELLER . this is not a trade  sale .
If this table where to be sold from one of the top London Billiard houses , I am sure you would be paying much more than the advertised price .
I have advised the owners of a valuation and included within this valuation the cost of dismantle and delivery and set up to a Ground floor location .
lets face it no one likes to buy a table then have to look around for a billiards fitter to then find out they have a costly bill to pay for this service of removal and delivery and install .
Subject to distance within the mainland UK with  an acceptable amount of miles this is included  in the price .
Right lets get down to the actual table , I am sure you are going to be amazed at such a beautiful craftsman made Victorian Burr Walnut Burroughs and watts  table , manufactured to the highest standards using the best materials available at the time circa 1880 to  1890  .

As you can see the sunlight is showing this very nicely polished burr walnut veneer , carved Acanthus design leaf legs and Lions heads .

Lets get a  close up to the top quality carved legs and lions head , and shows just how the burr Walnut pops in the daylight
a nice tobacco coloured tint , also note the , top part of the leg has the Acanthus leaf carved into it , all hand carved in those days , the workmanship is out of this world .
you may also notice  the cushions have been  fluted  and the buttons are covering each cushion bolt head , you may also note the cushions have underslung chalk cups to store cue chalk around the table .
If this table where mine I would remove the hooks as they can cause rest head damage to the burr finish and polished wood .
Also note just how far that lions head comes out from the knee panel that covers the large heads of the frame bolts
also solid Walnut mouldings to cushions and frame . it may be that the sides are solid walnut too ?
I have not seen the table in the flesh but the grain of the side frame looks like it is following into the moulding which indicates solid wood not veneer or at least a very thick slab of walnut over thicker frame wood .
VICTORIAN CRAFTMANSHIP at it’s finest .

another side view from more acute angle

Included in this Billiard room set is the Life pool scoreboard 10 hander with underslung ball storage glazed cabinet

Life pool is a game where you get three lives , and an extra buy back life in the form of a sliding star ,
of which you can just see the small white pull out knobs to the left of the slide .
these boards normally came as 8/10/12 hand scorers , not all had the underslung ball storage .

Rotating cue rack , not sure if this a repro one or original , I have only seen the photos of this and not in the flesh
so I will stick my neck out and say reproduction as a gut instinct , unless proved wrong  , but the scoreboard is original to the same time period .

Ivory manufacturers plate , royal H Prince of wales dictates Queen Victoria still alive and I would guess this table was manufactured in a  time period of 1880 to 1890
So getting on for 140 years old .

A superb Repro gas BRASS and glass light shade , in very ornate craftsman made design , this alone may well have cost in excess of £2500 to £3000 when it was made .
I know much lesser made repro ones made by Christopher Ray light emporium sold for £1750 new in the 1980s , and in my opinion this one is miles better made .
You have to be very careful with glass shades above a table though with getting the rests out and lifting up after a shot .
You can get green metal ones that look just as good or acrylic made ones to replace the glass if you are concerned that you may break one .
If you bought this table I would suggest this light fitting  be taken separate from the table and be installed first , then the table could come after and be installed underneath it .
An Electrician with a  large van would be my advice to get this moved first .
Unfortunately this cost is not included in the asking price , and is not a service that GCL Billiards would take on .
It needs an electrician to be fully insured as fitted and fully working to part P code  .
the following are also included in the sale


Framed snooker and billiards rules




Four repro prints framed .

Now some of you may be thinking that’s not worth £15k !!!
but let me assure you I have just dismantled a table for a client who paid twice that amount from a well known leading billiards house just a couple of years ago .
and this table is just as good maybe better made .
The billiard house in question is located Close to Stevenage , and I have seen similar tables on their web site and another two leading billiards houses
that they would ask for much more than this , if this table was in their stock list .
In fact I was informed they did try to buy it when offered it , but not for what the table is worth and was quickly refused .
well that is their loss for not offering a  decent price for such a  fine example .
I can remember a well known country house near Loughborough who had a very similar table I used to work on to this , but not as ornate or with as good figuring of walnut
, and back in 1990’s the Billiard house mentioned bought it and sold it for £15k  back then .
Now I know you can go out there and pick up Snooker and Billiard tables at next to nothing prices these are nothing like this table , and I know it is a big outlay , but just look at the table .
it would grace any leading country Estate house , or Palace , in fact if it could be researched and  if I am a betting man , that is where it has come from either that or a Government office House .
Or top end Victorian Gentleman’s club .

Such is the quality of this table it cannot be mistaken for the run of the mill made table’s out there .
Not many about in this cared for previously renovated condition , sold as seen in the photos , from a very nice home .
A fine investment for the future .
Again look at the wood grain on the side frame following into the thicker lower moulding , indicates quality of the highest craftmanship and materials used
it may have been used as an exhibition table at one of the world trades fairs , I do know a few billiard houses did this , George wright won many medals doing such things , it just may be that this was also shown at an exhibition .
Not the great exhibition of 1851 at Crystal palace , but I think maybe one following in later years it could well have graced .
We can all speculate where it came from , but alas the Luftwaffe destroyed the Burroughs and watts records during WW2 when they flattened B&W Soho square office so no records available I’m afraid .
but I will ask A Billiards historian I know ( Peter Ainsworth ) what he thinks of it and his opinion .
I already know it is not a one off having already spoken to Peter about that  , but they probably made these types of tables in a limited run of say 10 or 12 not thousands .

Contact Geoff or Carol Large for more details and we will pass your inquiry onto the selling client .

at

c.large@btinternet.com

VERY NICE CONDITION… Riley 9ft snooker table with accessories £795 no offers .. West Sussex

We have a client who wishes to sell their 9ft snooker table
a very nice condition hardly used Riley 9ft by 4ft 6 inch playing surface .

as you can see very good condition from the photo’s and  from a nice home too .
and I’m afraid my client will not listen to offers as it is very competitively priced at just £795 , A bargain for someone
Buyer to arrange collection from Ground floor location .
the £795 price is a come and get me price due to a house move  , we have  a bit of time to sell it so please no offers .
my experience of 9ft tables sales is they do not stay for sale long,  especially at this price in this condition .

Balls , and rests are included as is a Triangle and a Peradon Scoreboard .

the Peradon 4 hander scoreboard .

Close up of the Riley name plate badge .
looks like a cover is also with the table .
all inquiries to  Geoff or Carol  , we will forward on any genuine people to our selling clients .

c.large@btinternet.com

If anyone requires a quote for dismantle load deliver unload and set up to any Ground floor location please ask Geoff
at GCL billiards for a quote . giving your full post code and telephone number

IF PHONE IS NOT ANSWERED , I could be hands on fitting tables or Driving to and from a job .

Please do not dismiss us as firm that do not answer the phone .
I am a single fitter who not only answers the phone for inquiries but has to fit tables , re-cloth and also load and unload .
most of my regular clients know this and leave a message , but just lately I have a lot of phone calls that have been missed .

I get a lot of missed calls during the day , the main reason is I am hands on fitting tables and for some reason or ANOTHER , cannot answer the phone when fitting .
It maybe I am on a tight timescale to finish because the home owner wishes to go somewhere, or I am driving and on a long run, or applying Contact Glue to rubber or cloth on pool tables and this is a stage that I cannot answer the phone.
Even though I am hands free it is a major distraction from driving, especially on A and B roads. If on a motorway and a few junctions to go then I may answer the phone.
Please leave a message or text , and when I am home in the evening I will contact you , or maybe the next day .
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Covid is now having the opposite effect to when it first struck ,

last march we came to a standstill , no work for three months then a trickle of job’s came in mainly from private households
the odd table sale  , but mainly no work coming in at all for the next three to six months , in total around 10 months of slow traffic of work coming in , THEN BOOM !

Then as more lockdowns became the norm , people started to have home bars , garage conversions , even extensions built as the building trade where allowed to carry on as normal
the rest of the Country had to stay at home .
once these rooms where converted or built , then came the rush , tables to be found and relocated , work like re-rubber and re-cloth .
to the point that I am now fully booked out until end of April , no possibility of cancelations or trying to fit anymore work in .
and we are away in May on Holiday in Devon , plus I have some Home alterations to do myself , so we are not available during MAY .
I am passing work on to a few guys I know in the trade who I trust .
But if you wish to wait until June for your tables to be worked on then please leave a message .
it is only going to get busier as the clubs and pubs re open , I have around 12 pool tables to put back in on site or recommission for pool rentals too
which I have to fit in , between jobs .

One of my pool table rental sites in Beeston Nottingham .

Thurston Full size snooker table for sale ….in Worksop Nottingham on ground floor

We have a client who wishes to sell their late husbands old Thurston table circa around 1895 to 1910 .
a few cushion buttons missing , no scoreboard or cues or cue rack , just what you see in the photo’s
at a very low price of just £250 , Buyer arranges dismantle and removal from property .

the lighting shade is included which is under the table and must go with the table .
the rests balls and cue on the table can go also , I think his table had an ornate scoreboard and rotating round cue rack and some old cues ,
but someone ( maybe a dealer who deals in billiards accessories and not tables )  has been and cherry picked these , that is why the table is going for such a low price of £250
I would have liked to have seen it complete but hey these are the circumstances and lets face it if that scoreboard was a life pool one it would have been worth more than the table ,
also the cue rack and cues .
if it was complete with those collectable accessories , then a price of £1000 to £1500 would have been more likely with those pieces .
maybe more if the cues where old collectable hand spiced ones .

the table is in an out building on the ground floor so no stairs to bring down or up for those heavy slates .
I do recommend a professional billiards fitter is employed to dismantle , if you have no experience moving tables a broken slate is not uncommon for a DIY move .
GCL billiards would be happy to quote for this .
see below a photo of a DIY move slate .

this is what could happen if you dropped a slate section as a DIY move .
always get professional people in who have years of experience to dismantle and move and relocate a table
even removal firms refuse this work and say the same get a billiards firm in .

Typical three penny bit shape leg of Thurston , they used this design a lot around 1895 to 1910
so there you have it a Full size table made by the oldest surviving and still trading firms of Thurston , now based in Liverpool .
Thurston are not only the oldest surviving Billiards firm , they where the first to use slate around 1830 ,
John Thurston having worked for Gillows furniture and wood bed billiard table maker and set up as ~Thurston with a couple of partners  around the end of the 1790s .
later Gillows became Waring and Gillow .
Thurston’s became established as a registered stand alone firm in early 1810 probably around 1814 according to some written history as can be seen below if you click on the link .
it maybe that this table was an early 1890s table then had the more modern concealed pocket plate cushions fitted by Thurston around 1902’s 1930s as the billiards top plate became unfashionable .
these pocket plates have an unusual screw on lug on one side and a tapered lug on the other side , and can catch a few people out  when dismantling , you have to take the corner plates off with the end cushion and not a side cushion , then unscrew the pate off the end cushions .
the centre plate is just both ends tapered square .
here is a photo of the same style of leg table with those older billiards top plate cushions on


Doddington hall table Lincolnshire , same style of leg , this table is around 1880’s

you could read all about Thurston from this link .

https://www.snookerheritage.co.uk/company-histories/thurston-co/

all inquires about the Thurston table to

c.large@btinternet.com

WANTED Full size snooker table for client by end of May 2021 . but sooner if possible

We are looking for a nice conditioned modern full size snooker table
for a client in our area of Nottingham & Derby
as close to Nottingham and Derby if possible and a Ground floor located table is possible please
Cloth condition or nets and leathers not important , but good bounce , good slates and good woodwork is what my client is looking for , we can renew the cloth nets and leathers .,
Tables we are looking for are like these .
A Riley

A Karnehm and Hillman

even a Karnehm and Hillman square leg

A Titan

An Enbild again turned or square leg will be considered .

If you have a table for sale please send  photos of the table including legs pockets and top surface and all accessories that are with it  to

c.large@btinternet.com

with your post code and if the table is on Ground floor

8ft raise and fall Diner for sale £1000 buyer collects . table is based in Surrey

We have a client in Surrey who wishes to sell their Hamilton & Tucker 8ft by 4ft raise and fall diner
it will by the looks of the photos require a re-cloth and maybe new bags and nets to bring it back to its former glory , but the polish looks in good order
buyer will have to get full condition of rebound rubber value and condition of woodwork from the Private seller .

5 section hard wood top , the polish looks very good and has that antique look to it .

Hamilton and Tucker a good table manufacturer and a respectable name in the billiards trade .

Cloth has been used and as described would look better with a  new re-cloth .
I have been informed this is a three section raise and fall slate bed that has been screwed to a raise and fall subframe
unusual for a raise and fall diner as most have a one piece slate bed .
I would take the bed cloth off on strip down to see if that is the case , three section or one piece , it requires a re-cloth anyway .
My client has informed me he had no problems with the joints being disturbed if it is a three section bed  , when raising and falling the top to playing and dining height .
This is an extremely heavy table , my advice is for a full strip down of sectional bed rather than try and lift it in one section , you may nip the joints together if you get any flex in the subframe and it turned out to be a three section slate bed  .
so be aware of this , when you dismantle .
this is Buyer collect only , GCL billiards are extremely busy at the moment and could not fit this one in for the next couple of months .
we are away all of May and booked out through March and April so closer to three months fully booked out .
but I could recommend a couple of Billiard firms who could quote for this move if you buy the table .
The table is a long distance from Nottingham where GCL billiards are based and maybe one of the local firms down south would be a better option to remove the table and deliver,  if you wished for a bespoke service .
Table is on Ground floor , and I would recommend to put it on Ground floor and not upstairs .
the price of the table at £1000 does not include any dismantle and relocation or re-cloth or other work costs .
this you will have to get a  quote for and I would recommend that you do this before buying,  just so you know what the total cost would be .

all accessories that are with this table , shown laid out on the table bed .
Not sure if chairs are with it this you will have to ask the seller , sometimes they are available at extra cost .
or they may be keeping them for a new normal fixed dining table only to replace this one .

you could leave the nets and leathers as they are
but in my opinion if you are going for a re-cloth then replace the bag nets and leathers at same time to give a , as new playing experience .
so there you go full description a nice looking table that would grace any fine home .
I think this table will go pretty quick so if you like what you see do not hang around .
good 8ft diners are not as easy to find as their smaller 7ft and 6ft models , and they are the most sought after .
£1000 is a good price for such a quality manufactured Hamilton & Tucker table .
British made from quality woods and craftsmanship , not your usual import modern type sold on line for mega £ . …… Buy British .