In the early-dawning years of the 20th Century Charles Edward Sprinks left the Wimbledon area of London with his wife Ada, his mother and father and his four siblings for the relative quietness of the seaside town of Hythe. Charles was a master decorator by trade and his family had been involved in the building industry since 1820. With this strong lineage, connection and experience he decided, in 1908, to start his own building company, C E Sprinks.
The business rapidly established a reliable name and a trustworthy, dependable reputation based upon a professional, friendly service supported by quality workmanship. Through this success Charles Edward became a prominent and respected member of the local community.
In 1925 Charles was joined by his two sons, Edward Alexander, who was known as Charlie, and Christopher Walter. The company name was changed to C. E Sprinks and Sons.
Charles Edward died in 1937 and the business passed into the hands of Charlie and Christopher. With the outbreak of war in 1939 the business was suspended for the next six years, but following the World War Two conflict Charlie and Christopher set about reviving their company. Charles E Sprinks and Sons once more became an important part of the community and an integral part of the regeneration of Hythe following the damage it incurred during wartime bombing raids.
In 1950, Christopher decided that he wanted to pursue other avenues within the industry so he parted company with Charlie and set up his own company. Charlie continued to run Charles E Sprinks and Sons on his own until he was joined by his son Peter in 1964.
Ten years later in 1974, Peter’s boyhood pal, Roy Petley, also joined the company, which allowed Charlie to retire after thirty-nine years of service. It was at this stage that Peter and Roy decided to set up the limited company of Charles E Sprinks and Sons Ltd. Peter’s determination and ambition, ably augmented by Roy, made sure that the company continued to grow under their leadership.
The company’s centenary in 2008 was also marked by two significant changes. Peter and Roy, with forty-four years and thirty-four years of service, respectively, decided to retire. The business was handed down to their sons Stuart and Adam. And yet another new era was about to begin in the Sprinks family business.
Stuart, who is the fourth generation of his family to be involved with the business and Adam, who is second generation, are both fully aware of the history and the reputation of the prestigious company they now lead. They have both inherited the determination and ambition needed to run a 21st Century business from their fathers, and in Stuart’s case, from his grandfather and great-grandfather.
Their determination and ambition is reflected in their desire to utilise the traditional elements of the past combined with the required prerequisites of a modern-day construction company. With this in mind the company has now re-branded under the name of Sprinks Construction.