Alan Cross Testimonials

 

Celebrating 40 years of business 1974-2014'


After years of working in shop fitting and then for Rent-a-kill in timber preservation, my Dad, Alan Cross decided in 1974 he wanted to work for himself.

And so it was, that with £150.00, a bag of tools and an old van he set up as Alan Cross Cabinet Maker out of a rented run down ground floor workshop on Woolpack Lane in Nottingham's Lace Market ( Arkwright's first Mill some believe)

I was 10 at the time and remember going to 'The workshop' at the weekends where my Dad would allow me to (with supervision) hammer, plane, and generally 'play around' with wood, I also clearly remember the amazing smell of the place with all the timber in there, smells to which I'm now immune!

At that time, he had no power tools, save for a drill. Everything was done by hand and three years went by until the day came when he proudly got his first 'Cross Cut' circular saw. We still have and use that saw today although it has had a braking system retro fitted to it now (Health and safety didn't play a big part in the seventies!)

Four years later I joined the business and our workshop had to move up two floors as the ground and first floor became 'The Mill' Public House and we were commissioned to do a lot of the fitting out of the pub.

Another three years went by and the business grew to employ 8 people and moved to premises on Low Pavement, again in the Lace Market area. This workshop was not ideal as it was at the back of a church which meant a long haul when we had timber deliveries and also it was subject to break-ins with it being out of the way.

It was now 1984 and things got pretty bleak, work dried up and the business nearly folded, but my Dad soldiered on and he moved to new premises in The 'Meadows' area of Nottingham, and we started making a range of display cabinets for collectors out of off-cuts and selling them at craft fairs throughout the country.

Most Fridays we would load two vans, a trailer and a caravan and trundle off to the venue to unload and set up ready for the fair on the Saturday and Sunday. These fairs were hard work but they proved to be our savior and they got us through the bad times and cemented our reputation as cabinet makers of quality throughout the length and breadth of Britain.

We remained in that workshop for twenty years and moved to our present premises in West Bridgford in 2004.

This was the year my Dad turned 70 and retired to the Yorkshire coast to enjoy 9 years of happy retirement and travelling around Europe before sadly passing on last April 2013 at the age of 79.

I was so glad my Dad got to enjoy those nine years, as I can honestly say with no bias, that my Dad was the hardest working man I have ever known.

His legacy lives on in the form of many many examples of his work throughout the UK, pieces that will remain long after you and I have gone.

I still think about him every day, and like to think he is keeping an eye on us as we continue to produce high quality bespoke furniture to this day

Alan Edward Cross 1933-2013

 


Alan Cross Limited 1974- ?

By Simon Cross (Director)

 

 


 

Dear Simon

Just a note to say how pleased we are with the
cabinet you supplied for the 00 Gauge Railway Models. Your
professionalism,craftsmanship and design is excellent, could not ask for
anything better,and it really shows the models off in a way beyond what
we would have ever expected. Although only two thirds full I have still
to add some more models when I get the time and not being reminded there
are other things need doing before playing trains!!! The other subject
Bookcases. We are currently asking some advice from building friends what
is involved in removing the wall and what if any support is needed.As soon
as we have some idea we will put something together for you to work on.
Thank you again

Geoff Sue from Atherstone Warwickshire

 

 

 

 

'We are proud to have supplied Display Cabinets to Games Workshop, Nottingham Express Transit (N.E.T.) and The Mendip Rail Company.

We pride ourselves on providing an excellent service and an excellent product as these happy customers testify:

 

"We are so pleased with our two display cabinets, extremely well made and more than we expected in quality, thanks once again"

 

Mr Milliss, Sevenoaks, Kent.

 

"I enquired via e-mail about one of your special offer cabinets on a Sunday and it was delivered to me by Simon the next afternoon, what a service!"

 

Mr Verspeak, Leics.

 

"I just wanted to write and thank you for the professional way I have received communication from your company"

"After my first request via your website and through to receiving a fully detailed quote in the post, (complete with samples) I have been impressed with the very professional way you have handled your communication with the customer. It is nice to see a company doing it's upmost to deliver customer service to a very high standard"

 

M Wale...Guy Salmon Land Rover

 

Many thanks for the cabinet you made for me to the same spec as one I already had. A great level of service from start to finish. I know where to come in the future for cabinets at exceptional quality, and anyone asking where I got it from will push them in your direction too. I enclose a couple of pics with some of my bike collection. Many thanks again

 

Andy Bradley - Hull

 

I am absolutely delighted with my cabinet, both the product and your excellent service represented outstanding value for money'


Mr Dawkins - Bingham

 

'Thanks again for the great service it has been a pleasure to buy from you'


Mr Watson - Chesterfield

 

‘I am delighted with the cabinets delivered today, if anybody asks I’ll know who to recommend’


Mr Poole - Plymouth

 

‘I’m very impressed’


Mr Slater - Dagenham

 

‘Thanks again for the cabinets which are excellent and I appreciated the personal service which I received. Hope that you have had many more orders.’


Mr Keith Rose - Brockenhurst

 

Simon Just a quick note to let you know that Jeff loved the desk and the whole idea has been a complete success. Thank you very much indeed for all your hard work which is much appreciated by all. If you ever want any recommendations, we would be more than happy to do this for you - it is nice to know that there are still some craftsmen left in England. With all our best wishes.


Ms Jackson

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your speedy response to my enquiry and I would also like to congratulate you on your outstanding craftsmanship and the quality of your product.


Mr Palmer - Orpington

 

With thanks for the excellent service – we’re very pleased with our new doors.


Mr Chamberlain - Nottingham

 

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