Unusual Snooker Table Installations & Storage
Over the years Thurston's have supplied, installed and worked on
Snooker/Billiard tables in many places and countries. Some of these
have been quite unusual. Here a just a few examples that might be
A Snooker/Billiard table was
supplied and installed on a barge moored on one of the canals on
the outskirts of Amsterdam. The barge was part of the games room of
our client whose garden finished on the canal bank to which they
moored the barge. As you will see in the following photographs the
barge isn't quite of the design one might expect! It has two floor
levels, the table was installed in the bottom floor, which was
below the water line. When the table was installed the barge
settled a further 10mm into the water as a result of additional
moored at the bottom of the garden
windows on the right are the ones you can just make out on the
first picture underneath the "bay window' section. These window are
only about 150mm (6 inches) above the water.
The next installation
illustrated was one of the more unusual and a pictorial record was
kept. This table was stored under the floor of one of the
entertaining rooms in the house. When the owner wanted to play a
game of Snooker the table had to be raised from its storage pit, as
shown in the following sequence of pictures.
'ballroom' - where can I play Snooker?
floor panel raised complete with lighting shade
panels lifted - Note table set up for a game!
rises from below and is fully exposed
ready for play. As you will see the table has been spun through 90
degrees. The two end floor panels have been hinged back into the
floor and then the table lowered into its playing position still
with the balls still set for snooker.
Recently (2007) we carried out
a full recover on a full size table in the North East of England.
The table was stored under the stage of the club! This allowed the
hall to be used for other functions and also for badminton. For the
Snooker players to use the table it had to be taken out from under
the stage. This was achieved by running the table on rails! When
the table was either in its storage position or playing position it
had a special locking mechanism which prevented it moving. Our
fitter reported that when out in its playing position it was
perfectly level. The following photographs were taken on a
disposable camera so they are not as clear as they might have
Picture 1 - you can see the table,
covered in a silver plastic dustcover, under the stage and the
rails in place allow it to be wheeled out into its playing
Picture 2 - Shows table out from the
stage. The rails from under the stage to its playing position are
removed, thus allowing players to walk round without fear of
Picture 3 & 4 - Show the special
castors on the rails. You can also see the metal bracing bars that
had to be fitted to keep the legs square to each other.
Picture 5 -
Table ready for play!
2011) discovered pictures, whilst researching Norman Clare's files,
show a Thurston Design No. 23 Table by C. F. A. Voysey which was
stored below the floor when not in use. The final picture shows
part of the mechanism which raised and lowered the table. Sadly we
currently do not know where these pictures were taken! (Should
anyone know any further information on where this table was
installed please advise)
Table as illustrated in the Thurston catalogue circa 1929
Table shown in playing position. You
can just see through the trap door part of one of the chains which
are used in raising and lowering the table and floor section on
which it stands.
The joist that can bee seen under
the table are used to support the floor panels that cover the table
when it is in its stored position.
The table is covered for storage and
you can just see that it has begun its decent.
The table is now at the lowest
position for storage and you can see where the joist fit into slots
on the sides of the opening.
The joist are
slotted into position ready to take the floor panels.
of the floor panels in position.
panels in position, room ready for entertaining.
This picture clearly shows one of
the chains that raises and lowers the table and its floor section.
It also shows part of the cogs and shafts that move the chains. It
also shows at the top right of the picture a brass wheel that runs
up and down the guide rail.
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2018. © Peter N. Clare 2018
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