Back to work after our two week holiday . We are taking bookings for August and September as we speak . Full size snooker tables to re-cloth , pool tables also to re-cloth . Bring in pool tables and get … read more
Closed for business until July the 9th 2019
please contact me after this date to book work in or for inquiries .
Sorry we do not have anyone taking inquiries and no emails or phones are manned during this period .
I always switch off from work when on Holiday .
It is called relaxing and being stress free .
So please respect my privacy while I am on holiday .
Hi We are on Holiday for the next two weeks , business will reopen on 9th of July
We are pretty booked out for July and are taking bookings for august as we speak , but please contact me after the 9th of july to book work in .
My Daughters are at Home with the dogs but we are not open for business .
I do not even answer Emails or my mobile while on holiday , so anyone wishing to speak to me will have to wait until after July the 9th .
Has your precious table been affected by flooding in the last few weeks of downpours ? We have experience of dismantling and taking off site for store and refurb of snooker and pool tables that have been affected by water … read more
Although I do say East midlands we also do other parts of the UK ,but we are dropping the far reach areas of the UK due to time scale and costs . Unless the client covers those extra days costs … read more
I have a client who is looking for around 4 to 5 Sam K steel 9ft american pool tables . must be competitively priced as it costs a fair bit to dismantle and deliver and set up plus re-rubber and … read more
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
West of England 100% pure new wool first grade cloth used, no seconds.
SOLD TO TRADE BUYER ….. YOU MISSED YOUR CHANCE TO BUY THEM AT VERY REASONABLE MONEY .
now a trader has bought them to sell on at much more money .
We have a set of brass billiard lights made by Christopher wray lighting emporium in the 1980s .
these retailed at around £1700 just for the main light when new .
and the wall lights would have been over £300 each .
and very rare to find matching wall lights X 3 is also included .
Regarded as the best replica Victorian gas style lighting ever sold .
some very ornate brass work and three fixing points rather than the bad one fixing points of copies of this light that where also hitting the market at the same period .
My client is asking for £650 for the complete set and it is based in North wales , but may be able to deliver if close by or on his run back and forth to London
a more close up photo showing detail
the three wall lights are on the far table in this photo
Metal shades rather than the Glass type , glass ones used to break when you used the long tackle , and lifted it on and off breaking the glass shades ,
causing damage to the bed cloth from falling sharp glass , so we do not recommend you buying a Victorian style lighting with glass shades , this one has been supplied with or upgraded to those metal painted shades .
Glass may look nice but they are dangerous to have .
as an example this light with glass shades is available on ebay at £250 second hand .
so you can see what value you are buying with the full size version.
GLASS is bad above a snooker or Pool table
all inquiries for the lights to Carol or Geoff Large at
This is the story of an early Mawson billiards table being relocated to a village just outside Peebles in Scotland , a two day job was the schedule to relocate the table which had to come downstairs and then back upstairs . This was not so bad as it had very thin slates and did not weigh that much . an ideal table for upstairs location . we set out on the 28th of January to Sheffield to pick the table up and load it Blanket wrapped onto our van . Then it was off to Scotland .
We made our way through the Scottish borders to arrive at our clients home around 2pm , just in time for a well deserved coffee and unload of frame and set up , ready for some extra guys to help get the slates upstairs . our client had arranged for 3 more guys to come along to help lift the slate upstairs and onto the pre leveled frame .
We then made good time in fitting the bed cloth on and also the cushions by 6pm
You may note that this Mawson table which is circa 1880 to 1895 has some very nice Mahogany figured wood veneer , especially the flat side and end frame parts , the center leg having a butterfly book matched veneer pattern each side of the leg matching like opening a book and getting the mirror image in reverse so to speak .
The veneer was very high class work of art , and the flame mahogany ran all around the frame work and into the ends .
The table had a few indications to it’s age , one is the top plates that have fingers of brass each side of the pocket leathers , these where faded out from 1895 and by the end of 1899 they had disappeared from most billiard tables fittings and the concealed fixed plates started to appear from 1895 .
On one cushion there was fixed a label that had a date of 1893, this maybe a re-rubber or modern rubber fitting label , as some rubber around that time was of different profiles , once a billiard firm had produced a better profile of rubber the other firms copied it , in these times of the 1890s they had thin layers of rubber cemented on top of each other much like laminating , the one piece L shape rubber became the norm around this time as the new modification to have and many tables had to have new blocks and rubber fitted to bring up to date . most tables where modified by late 1910 as the modern cushions where produced , this is why you see so many re-rubber names like the speedy reliable cushion or the arrowflite cushions as swift as an arrow . the firm i used to work for called there re-rubbered cushion the Empire Match cushion as can be seen from my photo of an old Elston & hopkin plate this is circa 1938 . But this paper 1893 label could be the Exact date the table was manufactured being just a couple of years before those top plates where discontinued by the majority of firms . and with a table number of 1275 this could be how many tables they had produced up to that date .
We stayed overnight at an Hotel ( The Park ) in Peebles and our client paid for our stay over with meals and left us £20 for a drink behind the bar ( very nice of him ) we then returned to our clients home to check the level again and yes it had sunk a very slight amount into the carpet on two legs . a quick re-level and another cup of coffee and we had a very satisfied client who was delighted with the Mawson billiard table and with our work to relocate it for him .
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 .
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 .
SELLER HAS INFORMED THIS TABLE IS NOW SOLD VIA ANOTHER WEB SITE
SOLD SOLD SOLD !
We have a client who wishes to sell their very nice 9ft raise and fall dining table , the table was made by Hamiltons , and if you do your research this is a bespoke hand made piece that would be very expensive when made , and very rare to find a dining table / snooker table raise and fall type , and try finding one larger than 8ft . Try finding another 9ft snooker dining table that is 9ft playing area . once you get up to 8ft then finding one larger size than this becomes like finding a needle in a haystack ,, although we may have a full size George Wright windup action one coming up for sale soon so keep watching these adverts for that one .
Table is being sold as a PRIVATE SALE direct from the seller , who supplied the size of the slate bed , table is dismantled as we speak and is ready for collection , it may require a re-cloth
The table is a three section slate bed table for easy transport
All inquiries to email@example.com
or contact Geoff at GCL billiards
Buyer responsible for collection , if you would like a quote from Geoff to collect this table for you and deliver it , then also please contact at above details
UNIQUE table not to be confused with low cost tables this one would have cost a lot of money when it was manufactured by Hamiltons
You only have to look at their web site , all tables are POA , why pay Hamiltons price when you can have the same for a fraction .
We have a client who wishes to sell their nice Riley Aristocrat full size snooker table . Table looks in good order with vast range of accessories included . Just £500 buy arranges for collection , GCL billiards will quote to move this table for any buyer and set it back up again on ground floor . All inquiries to
or phone 07753466064 and speak to Geoff Large at GCL billiards
PLEASE NOTE ****
No emails or telephone or answer messages will be responded to in the period break of 21st of December to Monday 7th January
We are closed for our Christmas Break ,
GCL Biliiards will be closed from Friday 21st of December to Monday 7th of January
We already have most of January booked out for work , with some other job’s pending to fill the rest of January in .
part of February is also booked out , so again we have 6 to 8 weeks waiting for pool and snooker table work .
with just the odd day free here and there for local work .
We have a sottish trip due in January to Peebles , to move a 9ft table from Sheffield .
this will involve staying in Peebels at an Hotel PUB / B&B for the night .
other work in is 7 pool tables and 4 american pool tables in Grantham .
we also have a week of work to do at Butlins in skegness in early Feb , and also a club in Ashby del a zouch with 5 tables due work .
add to this a lot of private and pub club work on single and double tables and you can see how quick a month can be booked out with only around 22 working days per month on average .
we would like to wish all our clients and future clients a very happy and prosperous new year
and hope that Brexit is not too disruptive to our work and supplies which I am sure it will not be .
we try and use as much UK manufactured goods in our line of work as possible .
we will try and keep our prices in order and an acceptable level for the skilled work required , but we are governed by materiel and other goods prices and fuel .
also insurance and overall running costs of this small firm .
but I think you will find we around £10 give or take with a like for like skilled Billiards fitting firm .
please note that relocating snooker tables is a costly affair , where you can pick up a full size snooker table for a couple of hundred pounds it costs on average two thirds ore than the purchase to relocate it . *** plus expenses like fuel miles traveled B&B and 2nd day labour rates if required .
We will continue to try and link buyers with sellers to tables but we do not buy them in to sell , we only act as an agent for a seller and we list a table for free and only charge £25 admin fee if we are successful in finding a buyer for you . £25 admin fee is only payable once table has been sold , no sale no £25 fee .
We do have some success rate in moving tables on for people via our for sale page .
just take a look at our for sale pages if you are in the market for a Billiard / Snooker table , there are some bargain tables with some realistic prices on there like this Karnehm and Hillman table in excellent order cloth wise , apart from a few knocks in the polish work where cross rest has been put back at angle knocking the wood end and cushion , and just recently added . but take a look through all the for sale listings you may find just what you are looking for