WL West & Son Ltd; Sawmillers Timber Merchants Fencing Contractors


The fencing division of WL West & Sons Ltd Est.1865

Sawmillers Timber Merchants Fencing Contractors
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Traditional Timber Fences 01252 726391

Post and rail fencing as the name suggests is an open style fence often seen in rural settings, this type of boundary never spoils the wide open aspect of the countryside. Variations on this theme are almost endless, ranging from a single low knee-rail, to a 1.5m high four rail fence to keep large animals such as horses. The counties of Sussex are renowned for their traditional Cleft-rail fencing, seen alongside highways and enhancing the gardens of many homes of distinction and character.

 Cleft rail fencing                                 

Comprises Oak posts, usually 125mm x 100mm with a twice weather or rounded top, and dug into the ground approximately 750mm. The Oak or Chestnut "cleft" or "riven" rails are split instead of sawn giving the natural rather than uniform effect. These fences are available in varying heights, with either one, two, three or four rails.

Examples of Cleft Rail fencing on Oak Posts with Oak Gates.

These examples are located on the South Downs within the South Downs National Park

 Knee rail                                                             

Approximately 450mm high has a single rail, either 75mm or 100mm square and fixed in diamond fashion to a "V" notched post and secured with a galvanised strap. The posts are normally set in the ground in concrete.

 Morticed post and rail                                      
Available in oak or tanalised softwood, the most common height is 1.2m. The posts are 150mm x 75mm with a single weather top and through mortised to receive three rails 87mm x 38mm with scarfed ends. An additional pricker post of 87mm x 38mm is fixed to three rails in the centre of each 2.8m bay.

 Timber Palisade                                                  

This fence can be constructed of either treated softwood or oak. Palisades are nailed onto timber rails. The example shown also has a gravel board installed at the base of the fence. Palisades can either be square, pointed or round topped. The example shown is round topped.









Gate constructed to match.

 Nailed post and rail                                            
Available in oak or tanalised softwood, ranging in height from 900mm high to 1.5m high four rail. The posts are 150mm x 75mm dug in the ground, with the 87mm x 38mm rails nail fixed to the broad face of the posts, the rails normally 3.6m long span two bays with the joints staggered for strength.

New technology and innovative design enabled us to develop a new post and rail system comprising of 125mm diameter machine rounded posts recessed to receive two 100mm diameter half round rails, the fence was then clad with galvanised weldmesh. Over 3 miles of this high visibility and safe spectator fence was erected at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit in time for the revival meeting in 1998.

Many customers use post and rail fences to keep livestock, we are able to offer a wide variety of meshes each individually suited to contain particular animals. All our fences are supplied and erected to the relevant British standards unless otherwise specified.

 Closeboarded Fencing                                     

Closeboarded timber fences - offered in heights of 900mm -2.4m high in selected and graded oak, or softwood pressure treated with green or brown tanalith to the individual requirements of the customer. Closeboard is a traditional attractive fence which will provide privacy and enhance any property for years to come.
Closeboarded fencing can be erected either to mortised posts or to posts with recesses in the face which allows the feather-edged boarding to be continuous along the fence line, uninterrupted by the posts.
Posts and Gravel boards can be supplied in re-inforced concrete as a more durable option.
Fences can be supplied with or without counter rail and capping.
Feather-edged boards are taper sawn to overlap in (100 x 22mm) section and set atop 150mm deep gravel board to prevent water ingress.
Gates of varying styles can be made to order at our works and erected along with the fencing by our fully trained installation teams. Gate fittings will always be galvanised unless otherwise specified.
All fencing will be erected to BS 1722 Part 5 with variations to suit the customer.



With concrete posts & Gravel Board




With timber posts




 Trellis Panels and pergolas                              
To enable an area to be screened, and give the ability to grow plants on.


 Timber is a natural material             

It should be noted that timber is a natural material, for example, Oak posts are likely to crack and split after installation. This is a natural reaction for timber being used in an outdoor application in its natural state. It will vary dependant on the climatic conditions. This reaction to the elements does not detract from the timbers inherent strength or longevity. Untreated timber will also mature to a silver grey over time. Different soil types can also affect the longevity of the post.

Sales Contact: 01252 726391

or 01798 861611

email: enquiries@profencing.co.uk