Whittle & Wallis was conceived in London in the spring of 2014 by Malcolm Spencer. Previously a concert promoter and theatre producer, Malcolm’s first work out of school was as an apprentice coachbuilder in the small Victorian seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset. With his father Ronald Spencer, orphaned as a baby during WWII, little was known of the family history.
Malcolm, like his dad, always shared a love of wood and craftsmanship but it was only when investigating the family past that they were to discover the roots of their passion. It seems, almost as far back as they can trace their records, the Spencer family have been involved in the creation and design of wooden products in England.
In the early1800’s, Malcolm’s great, great, great grandfather James Spencer was a Master Carver and guilder on the fashionable Peascod Street, Windsor and his Son had a similar business on Castle Hill, Just a few steps from the entrance to the royal residence of Windsor Castle itself. With James’s father almost certainly in the same trade too, it transpires the Spencer family has a tradition for furniture, woodworking and fine carpentry dating back 300 years.