Swinton firm sees wood stocks go up in flames for ITV show

Schofields Reclamations.  Eddie Schofield
Schofields Reclamations. Eddie Schofield

A wood reclamation firm has seen thousands of pounds worth of its timber go up in flames.

But this was no act of arson. The wood featured in a new TV drama series about the Great Fire of London.

Producers of ITV show ‘The Great Fire’ approached Schofield’s Reclamation Ltd in Swinton and asked them to provide tonnes of wood to be used on sets for the show.

The programme tells the story of the raging inferno that destroyed around 13,000 buildings in the capital in 1666.

The firm delivered about 25 tonnes of wood – worth around £25,000 – to the set in Henley-on-Thames, which was then used to construct medieval-looking homes, shops and businesses.

Much of the timber appeared to be burned to ash as part of stunningly realistic scenes during the four-part drama.

The show was a hit with millions of viewers when it ran in the Autumn months.

Business owner Eddie Schofield said: “We have had some of the timber for about 15 years and it is more than 100 years old.

“They said it would be just fine and would fit the bill perfectly.

“It was quite unusual to see the wood pop up on a TV show, but we were happy to help out.

“It put us in the spotlight in a strange way.

“You wouldn’t have ever thought that about a wood reclamation firm in the Dearne.”

Much of the wood used had been reclaimed from an old whiskey bond storage space in Edinburgh.

Mr Schofield said the deal was brokered after a former furniture maker, who they have dealt with in the past, got back in touch.

Their contact had apparently taken a new job at ITV that involved gathering materials to be used as sets.

He said: “A lot of the wood was floorboards from the whiskey bond.

“We delivered it to the set about four or five months ago.The sets looked really good on TV though, with all the shops and houses lined up.

“Obviously some of it was burned to the ground, but we were glad it was put to good use. Once it’s sold on its the customer’s choice to do what they want with it.

“It was a good programme though, very exciting to watch.”

He added: “If there are any other TV or film companies that want to use our wood for their shows, then feel free to get in touch, even if it means the wood being destroyed!”