As well as providing timber products, we also offer state-of-the-art machining for your more bespoke needs. This includes a wide range of custom-made mouldings, including skirting, architrave, dado rail, flooring, window sills, and beadings. We also provide a pattern matching service to reproduce any existing mouldings you may have.

As members of the Timber Trade Federation, we are committed to sourcing our timbers from legal and well-managed forests, condemning illegal logging and working with other suppliers to eliminate it.

Our History

It all began in 1921…

The business was founded back in  1921 by Mr. Burton in Liverpool, specialising in supplying the ship and boat building trade with Mahogany, Iroko, and Teak logs. 


The trading continued until 1939 when Mr. Burton was called up for war service, and the business closed for the duration of the Second World War.


Edgar Burton re-started the business after the War and went into partnership with Albert Godwin.


By 1955, offices were opened in Liverpool and London, and the company became a limited liability company.


In 1959, the company acquired premises in the Brentwood area, where a log mill and gantry crane were erected, and the conversion of logs from all over the world commenced.


Edgar Burton passed away in 1965, and the company was bought by Albert Godwin.

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In 1969, a subsidiary company, Essex Moulding Co., was formed to supply machined timber. The mill was entirely modernised, and production commenced in all types of prepared timber. 

Machined timbers remain a high priority, accounting for 70-80% of the company's turnover.


In 1990, a sister company, E O  Burton (East Anglia) was formed by Geoff Godwin to cover East Anglia, selling the same product range as Brentwood and having its own machining facilities.


Today,  E O Burton is under the ownership of Matthew Godwin who oversees both the Brentwood and Snetterton branches. Matthew continues to operate with the ethos of putting the needs of the customer first, which has been the heart of E O Burton for decades. 

With a vested interest in the environment and modernising the firm to keep current with the times, Matthew is ensuring e-comm and sustainability are an additional key focus for the future of E O Burton

The two locations carry a wider range of timbers from various parts of the world, including North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and the Far East.