Who We Are

1895 - Present Day


J. Layzell and Sons was founded in 1895 by Jeremiah Layzell a joiner and wheelwright (pictured during the building of St Peter’s Church Horton 1899) who made carts and wagons for the agricultural industry.  In 1941 the firm passed on to Jeremiah Wesley Layzell, who was also a joiner and wheelwright. He was responsible for building many individual, architect designed houses and also for the repair and restoration of old buildings.   

Jeremiah Peter Layzell continued the firm’s reputation for quality new build and repairs to old buildings, handing over to his sons in 2005.




 (Managing Director)

Harvey is a Professional Builder who has specialised in Traditional Buildings for over 30 years. He was a William Morris Craft Fellow in 1994 and is an active member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. 

(Director - Accounts) 
Edward graduated from college with a Btec National Diploma in Building Studies in 1986. He is also a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Our Craftsmen

 We have a dedicated team of banker and fixer masons, bricklayers,  carpenters and joiners, painters and decorators. 

J Layzell & Sons Ltd. pride ourselves on the training and development opportunities we provide for our employees.

We welcome new applications from all trade backgrounds so please send us your CV as we are always on the lookout for talented and dedicated craftsmen.

Contact Us

We specialise in:

1.  The repair and conservation of notable and historic buildings.

2. Sympathetic renovation and extensions to existing listed period properties.

3. Bespoke new build to high specification and finish.

Our Services


The Priest's House

1994 the FMB Certificate of Excellence and National Award for The Priests House.

1994 The Building Conservation Award from “The Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors” for the Priest’s House.

St Margaret's Almshouse

2003 the Conservation award from The Taunton & District Civic society and TDB Council for “ St Margaret’s Leper Hospital” in Taunton.

Somerset Cricket Museum

2014 from the Somerset Building Preservation Trust for Restoration of the Somerset Cricket Museum, the last remaining building of “Taunton Priory”.

Amberd Granary

2006 the Conservation Commendation from Taunton Deane Borough for “Amberd Granary” Trull.

Abbotsbury Barn

2007 “The Wood Award” winner of the Conservation and Restoration category for “The Abbey Barn” a Grade 1 at Abbotsbury.

Stapleton Farmhouse

2010 from the Somerset Building Awards for the restoration of The Stapleton Farmhouse near Martock.