Berry-Middleton Ltd was formed in 1997. Based in West Sussex at the heart of the South Downs, we are a small company that specialises in traditional flintwork of all styles, as well as being proficient in many other aspects of restoration work.
Originally formed as a partnership, Berry-Middleton Ltd is now owned and run solely by Mark Middleton with the assistance of 2 full-time members of staff, Philip Francis and David Powell on site, and Mark’s wife Sadie who works part-time in the office. The Company takes pride in maintaining the very best traditions, from hand picking and knapping flints in the ‘old fashioned’ way, restoring buildings and features which have stood for centuries, to creating new flint structures which appear to have age and character. We believe we are experts in our field.
Mark left school in 1986 at 16 and took up employment with a local building company as a labourer. Time spent working with experienced tradesmen built up a sound knowledge of both traditional and modern building methods. Ten years later it was time to go it alone. Mark has a real passion for his work and loves working with flints as a raw material.
Philip has been with Berry-Middleton Ltd since September 2002. He started work as a labourer and has gradually built up a good set of skills in both knapping and laying flints. He is particularly proficient at galletting, and his speed at this type of work is second to none.
David joined the company in October 2005, and combines working as the labourer with learning the various skills involved with all aspects of flintwork. David is also very keen on any of the roofing work we undertake. He seems to take a lot of pride in keeping our sites and the works van immaculately tidy, and can always lay his hands on the tools / materials that Mark and Phil constantly mislay.
The final 3 members of the team are the dogs, which come to work with us most days. Firstly, there is “Flint”, a black and white Jack Russell who thinks she is incredibly important. Then there is “Amber”, a liver and white springer spaniel, and finally her black and white brother who is called “Freddie”.