History of Sydenhams

Founded in 1874 by James Thomas Sydenham in Poole, Dorset, where our Timber is still imported today!


We have a long tradition of supplying Timber & Building Materials throughout the Central South West region of England. 

In the 1920’s J. T. Sydenham & Co was acquired by John Sherborne and the business has remained in the family for over 100 years, now in the hands of our Joint Chairmen and brothers; James & Charles Sherborne.

In 1999, with the acquisition of associated companies, J. T. Sydenham & Co was renamed to Sydenhams Ltd to form our current family-owned  Independent Timber & Builders Merchants.

The business has continued to grow and can supply all your building & DIY needs through its network of 32 branches.  

In addition to Timber and Building Materials, we also have a number of specialist businesses.

Our Timber Engineering sites in Wickham & Newport (IOW), can design and manufacture I-beams, Easi-joists, roof trusses and complete energy efficient timber frame buildings, from a single bungalow to 5 storey apartment blocks or a development of housing.

Our Timber Centres also supply a full range of softwoods and tropical and temperate hardwoods all of which can be machined to your exact requirements.

Furthermore we have a network of 8 hire centres, catering for anything from carpet cleaners to 3 ton diggers, covering everything you will need to complete a job.

Finally we have our kitchen, bathroom and flooring showrooms that not only offer a full planning service, but also showcase some of the latest displays and designs in the market.

Whatever you're interested in, our experienced and friendly staff are here to advise you on anything from small DIY projects to complete self-build developments. Find your closest branch here and we will be happy to help!