OUR HISTORY

CHALCRAFT & CLAY

A Rich History Of Land & Estates

Chalcraft & Clay is a continuation of rich family history based around land & estates in the Hampshire area. For over five generations, the Clay family have worked the land, creating beautiful and purposeful outdoor areas for hundreds to enjoy. Phil Hanks had a vision of bringing this age old family tradition to the modern day, to create you your perfect outdoor space.

Below is the extensive family history which has inspired the creation of Chalcraft & Clay…​

The Clay Family History

Nicholas Clay – Great Great Great Grandfather

Nicholas Clay 1841 Bramdean: Woodman

John Clay – Great Great Grandfather

John Clay 1871 West Meon: Woodman

1884 Worthy Park Lodge: Gamekeeper

Ernest Clay – Great Grandfather

Ernest Clay 1893 Worthy Park Lodge : Garden Boy

1895 The Grange Northington: Journeyman

Broadlands, Romsey: Gardener

Cobham Hall, Kent: Foreman Greenhouse

Waddesdon Manor: Gardener

Cutbush’s Nurseries: Nursery Man

Little Halands, Seaford: Head Gardener

1920 The Grange Northington: Head Gardener

Tichbourne Park: Head Gardener

Grandfather

Martin Clay Lavington Park: Gardener

Gatton Park: Gardener

Otterbourne House: Gardener

Wormwood Scrubs: Head Gardener

Richard Clay – Great Uncle

Richard Clay Blenheim Palace

Little Cote House

Nursery Sarisbury Green

Sparsholt Nursery

Swan Nurseries, Mansbridge

Rod Clay – Cousin

Rod Clay Swan Nurseries, Mansbridge: Horticulturist (retired)

Andrew Clay – Cousin

Andrew Clay Winters Hill Estate: Head Gardener (present)

David Hanks – Brother

David Hanks 1996 Cell Park, Markyate: Estate Manager

2001 Lower Langham Farm: Head Gardener (present)

Phil Hanks – Founder

Phil Hanks 1994 Royal Winchester Golf Course: Manager

2003 Botley Golf Course: Manager

2008 Old Alresford House: Estates Manager

2014 Chalcraft & Clay Ltd: Director

James Hanks – Son

James Hanks 2019 Joins the company: Director

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Some of Our Work

We’re very proud of the projects we’ve completed in Hampshire and the surrounding area, ensuring each of our customers is fully satisfied. Explore our portfolio of previous work and get some inspiration for your new garden or landscape.

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