Category Archives: snooker tables

Snooker Table Transportation (part 2)

The young apprentices would the move onto being given small jobs at the bench such as sawing and planing timber and would have to do this numerous times. Each time he would have to show his instructor who would only … Continue reading

Snooker Table Transportation

Snooker table recovering was a highly skilled trade and fitters started at the early age of 14, being assigned to an experienced craftsman to learn the trade. Continue reading

John Bennetts & Co cont…. (by John K Bennett)

The early years of the snooker table company are shrouded in mystery, the fires of 1898 and 1941 having been so destructive that they wiped out all records. We are continually discovering snooker tables with the Surrey Street address and there … Continue reading

John Bennett & Company By J.k.Bennett

In December 1941 an incendiary device dropped by the Luftwaffe completely destroyed the factory and all the snooker tables at John Bennett’s & Co’s building, 120 Newington Causeway, London, SE1. All existing records of the company were lost until until … Continue reading

Birth of snooker tables cont…

Welcome to simply pool and snooker’s blog. We hope you enjoy it and feel free to comment or request other blog’s on any subject within the snooker table industry such as snooker table recovering. In 1876 Neville Chamberlain left the Devon’s … Continue reading

Birth of Snooker

It was whilst playing black pool at the officers mess in Jubbulpore one wet afternoon in 1875 that the game of snooker was born. Officers of the Devonshire Regiment stationed for long periods in Southern India used to while away … Continue reading

Pool Tables and their origins

The game of pyramids was the early ancestor of pool. It was played with a triangle of fifteen red balls. Imagine where the eight ball is placed within a pool table triangle, the equivalent red ball would be placed over … Continue reading

Introduction to playing pool

Most people reading this blog would have played pool before or will at least have seen it played , either in pubs and clubs or on television. Depending on where you live in the world will determine what version of … Continue reading

Improvements of Billiard Tables

At around 1820 improvements were being made to the quality of billiard/snooker tables by Englishman Edwin Kentfield and American industrialist John Thurston who in 1826 began to use slate instead of wood as the bed of the table. This idea … Continue reading

Origin of the name Billiards

The precise origin of the word billiards remains a mystery. The game was extremely fashionable in France and was played by members of the ruling classes within French society. The game was played with a mace (billart) and ball (bille). … Continue reading