Wicks and Son Family History
T Wicks and Son, Removals Wells Somerset was founded by Thomas Wicks in 1845, originally as a cabinet makers alongside furniture removals. In 1965 the business was moved into Sadler Street, Wells where it was expanded to include funeral directing.
Over the next 50 years T Wicks and Son continued to grow to include a portfolio of cabinet makers, house furnishers, funeral directors, removals and storage contractors, estate agents, auctioneers and furniture valuers.
Just prior to the death of Gordon Wicks, in 1980, the auctioneering and estate agency business was sold to Osmond Tricks of Bristol, the remainder of the business continued under Peter Wicks. In 1989 the funeral business was sold off to the Great Southern Group and in 2001, the household furniture retailing was closed due to a lack of demand on ‘high street’ retailing.
Alongside furniture removals, T Wicks and Son can offer full furniture valuations for probate or insurance purposes and has very close connections with the Wells Auction Rooms.
Dates started in the business
1845 – Thomas Wicks: A chorister who sang at many royal events, including: the funeral of the Duke of York in 1827, the funeral of George IV in 1830, the coronation of William IV in 1831, Queen Victoria’s diamond Jubilee in 1897 and the coronation of Edward VII, at the age of 71, in 1902.
1881 – Thomas Issac Wicks: Another talented singer who performed alongside his father (Thomas Wicks) and his son (Edwin Creighton Wicks) at the Harvest Festival, held at Wells Cathedral in 1892, this is believed to be the only time in history 3 generations of the same family have sung in Wells Cathedral together.
1914 – Edwin Creighton Wicks: Alongside his father and grandfather, Edwin was another talented singer who regularly sung in the Wells Cathedral Choir.
1946 – Gordon Creighton Wicks: Another member of the Wells Cathedral Choir, also a very well educated individual who won numerous academic prizes during his education at Wells Cathedral School and whilst taking his Auctioneering exams he passed with the honours of reaching the 2nd highest mark in the country to that date.
1969 – Peter Wicks: Whilst Peter was not a member of the Wells Cathedral Choir, mainly due to his sporting interests, he was the Head Boy of the Choir at the Wells Cathedral School, who sang at many events in Wells Cathedral whilst representing the school at many sporting evets.
2014 – Andrew Wicks: A keen sportsman who captained sports teams in rugby, cricket and hockey at Wells Cathedral School, alongside captaining Wells Rugby Club for his age group. Andrew was called to ‘try out’ for Somerset Cricket Club and later played for North Somerset at under 14 level.
Andrew Wicks has a son, Jasper Gordon Wicks, will T Wicks and Son stay in the family for a 7th generation.