John Thurston established in Newcastle St., The Strand, London as a cabinet maker and Billiard Table maker.
John Thurston moved to Catherine St. and became the the first to specialise in making Billiard & Bagatelle tables also Billiard room furniture. Their factory at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea was named The Waterloo Billiard works.
1826 John Thurston introduced the first slate bed table. Thurston records show that a slate bed table was supplied to White’s Club, London in 1832.
1826 John Thurston was granted the Royal Warrant by His Majesty King George 1V, sole appointment.
Thos Padmore established as a Billiard Table Maker in Little Charles St. Birmingham.
John Thurston was granted the Royal Warrant the Royal Warrant by His Majesty King William1V, sole appointment.
John Thurston introduced the first natural rubber cushion, which superseded the old stuffed list cushions, made up of layers of felt padding.
John Thurston was granted and patented the first Vulcanised rubber cushion. The original Patent Letters are displayed at Thurston’s.
Thurston’s awarded the Prize Medal (Highest Award) at The Great Exhibition.
The game of snooker invented by army officers playing on a billiard table in the Officers Mess at Jubblepore, India.
J. Ashcroft’s awarded Gold Medal for the “excellence of their billiard table.”
Thurston’s introduce the first patented “bottomless” pocket.
Thurston table specied as in the revised rules of the Billiard Association as the standard table. This is still the standard table today on which all tables are based.
Billiard Van Laere established as Billiard Table Mkers in Brussels.
Thurston’s build and open their famous Match Hall, showrooms and offices in Leicester Square. Catherine St. premises where demolished.
Thurston’s granted the Royal Warrant by His Majesty King Edward V11.
Thurston’s granted the Royal Warrant of His Majesty King George V.
Thurston Match Room Leicester Square, artist impression of match in progress featuring Ton Newman and Walter Lidrum.
Compostion Billiard Balls used for the first time in the Amatuer Billiard
Championships, replacing the original ivory balls.
Following a decision taken by the Billiards Association and Control Council in July 1928 Composition Billiard Balls used for the first time in the Professional Billiards Championships.
The Original “Eralc” non shadow billiards shade introduced by E.A.Clare and Son, Liverpool.
On April 14th the first televised game of snooker was shown featuring Horace Lindrum v Willie Smith.
On May 3rd the first televised billiard game was shown featuring Joe Davis v Tom Newman
Thurston’s famous Match Hall, Showrooms and Offices were destroyed during the London Air Raids. The administration was moved to the factory in Chelsea. Padmores moved into temporary leased premises at 95 Colmore Row after their office and factory was destroyed during an air raid.
Padmores move to new premises at 3 Coleshill St. Birmingham.
E.A Clare and son new premises in St. Anne St. Liverpool.
E. A. Clare and Son introduce the first modern design snooker table, know as the Jubilee, patented built in levelling device.
Thurston’s of London and Clare’s of Liverpool become associated under the chairmanship of Mr. Norman Clare.
Clare’s Offices and factory were in a designated development zone. The company moved to into new, larger premises at 46-48 St. Anne St. Liverpool.
Mr. Norman Clare’s book “Billiard and Snooker Bygones” published by Shire Publications.
Thurston acquire the trading interests of Billiard Van Laere, the oldest Billiard Table Maker in Belguim and begin trading on mainland Europe as Thurston Van Laere.
J. Ashcroft’s trading interest acquired by E.A.Clare & Son. The founder of Clare’s, Edward Arthur served his apprenticeship at Ashcroft’s.
Clare-Padmore-Thurston group decide to trade under the name of Thurston.
Mr. Norman Clare (1914-1990) died, the museum he established at the Liverpool office renamed the SNOOKER Heritage Collection.
European Billiard Congress formed- Thurston founder members.
Thurston launch their new website www.thurston.co.uk
Thurston celebrates 200 years of service to the sports of Billiards, Snooker & Pool.
A website dedicated to the Billiards & Snooker collection covering all of Norman Clares articles and lecture notes launched. www.snookerhertiage.co.uk
Thurston’s offices, showroom, factory and museum as they appear today.