About Us




For more than a decade Ben has specialised in Traditional Building and Green Oak Frames. Building a team of talented Craftsmen and Heritage Builders imparting and sharing knowledge, experience and skills.


We recognise one person cannot specialise in everything, therefore our team encompasses like minded individuals who each have their own area of expertise, from trusted Structural Engineers, Surveyors, Architects, Electricians and Plumbers, through to Plasterers, Decorators and Interior Designers.


Training is always encouraged within the team from additional skills to the essential Health & Safety.  Our Heritage Gold cards an acknowledgement of our time served skills.

Ben Chester - Senior Craftsman - Heritage Builder


“We all share in one passion to achieve the best,

whilst being respectful of heritage and mindful of the materials we work with.”

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Ben Chester


Ben has a true passion for our Heritage buildings and Green Oak structures, whether it is creating a new building, extending a loved home or the renovation a forgotten barn the attention to detail is the same on every project. His time served skills and amount of knowledge are enviable, no matter what a project may throw up - there is always a solution. 

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James Wood


James joined us in 2016 having worked for himself for many years.  We quickly recognised James' broad skill base is invaluable.  He is a real Craftman with a passion for perfection and true Yorkshire grit. 

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Richard & Mike Pollitt


Run their own heritage building projects from Northallerton and assist our team on larger projects.  The arrangement works well for both parties as Richard and Mike learn from our more senior craftsmen whilst bringing their own skills to each project. 

Kate Chester - Admin & Accounts

Kate Chester


Having worked in the the furniture industry all her life, Kate brings with her a wealth of knowledge in interior layouts and design, along with a love of all things "vintage". Working full time in the office processing planning applications and scheduling projects whilst managing the company acounts.  Kate is always the smile at the end of the phone to offer our Clients support and advice.

Robert Thorniley Walker - Structural Civil Consultants Ltd

Robert Thorniley-Walker  - Structural and Civil Consultants Ltd


MA(oxon) CEng FICE FIStructE MIHT IHBC FRSA Conservation Accredited Engineer (CARE) 


Robert is a Conservation Accredited Engineer and has gained membership to the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, IHBC.  He has particular knowledge on teh effects of foundation movement on historic buildings and extensive experience with vaulting and arches within buildings. 

Stuart J Winter - Plumbing Services


ACS accredited gas engineer, Stuart has worked alongside our team on many projects and maintains the high level of craftsmenship expected from our Clients. Hi work hard ethic is one to be in awe of. 

John Howse - Electrician


With over 35 year experience John has completed everything from a simple extension to a current electrical system to a full re-wire on our projects.  Nothing is too much trouble for him. 

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T: 07947 363 976

E: enquiries@benchester.co.uk

Meadowcroft - Sessay - THIRSK - YO7 3BJ

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Ben Chester Traditional Crafts Ltd. registered in England & Wales, Company No. 9792293.  VAT Reg. No 919 6866 66.