Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet




Pudney and Sons

Building Contractors, Colne Engaine



I appreciate that Pudney`s were not local to Bures, but they did seem to be very active in the village.
The built the Telephone Exchange, Bures Hamlet Police Station and possibly the Police House in Nayland Rd
They connected every property in Bures Hamlet to the mains sewer
Provided new toilets in the Primary School
Contracted by Truman Brewers, to carry out maintenace work at their public houses(Crown, One Bell and Angel) in the village.
They submitted a tender for the work to construct the Community Centre in Nayland Rd, but it was awarded the Deaves & Co

I was donated over 50+ of their files which included tenders, specifications and quotation for work in Bures.
They were also to be seen in Mount Bures, Wormingford, Alphamstone and Lamarsh

Seems strange they should receive so much work, despite having our own Builders (such as Deaves and Pilgrims) in the Community.

The founder was Joshua Pudney, a carpenter, who stated the firm in 1837; his son Walter rented a brickyard on Knights farm, and employed 24 men and 6 boys in 188`.
Brickmaking continued until 1939, the building business finally ceased trading in 1983.

Pudney Staff 1950
Photo courtesy of Brian Fleming,

Acknowledgment to Colne Engaine History Soc.