When Reg Robinson, an apprentice joiner with the old LMS Railway Company "came out of his time`" he, along with many others of his age were given the sack
This was 1934 and the great depression was biting hard.
Undaunted, the newly wed Reg had skill and tenacity. At his home in North Street, Crewe, he decided that his shed would be his new work place. Here he produced a wide range of products, doors, window frames, dog kennels, occasional tables etc.
It wasn't long before the shed became too small for the ambitious Reg. He bought a house in Broad Street together with the old coal yard and stables.
Reg decided the future lay in building. Before long he had no fewer than 40 men working for him. C.R. Robinson had gone a long way. But the wheel went full circle and the atrocious winter of 1947 was a disaster.
Reg tried to keep his workforce intact by paying them for the eight weeks they were unable to work.
Finally he had to succumb to the financial strain and lost whatever money he had made in the halcyon days.
In 1951, son George came into the business as an apprentice. George realised that the control over sub-contractors left a lot to be desired and eventually persuaded his father to specialise in what they knew best - Joinery.
C.R. Robinson and son were on the road to recovery making staircases, windows, doors etc, mainly for building contractors and industry.
Today C.R. Robinson has passed to a third generation of family joiners in Graham Robinson. He has fine tuned the business over the years, now specialising in bespoke windows, doors & staircases.