Mousey Thompson

Celebrating Church Furnishings


Robert Thompson, born 1876 dedicated his life to the craft of carving and joinery in English Oak. He taught himself to use the traditional tools and by 1919 he was experimenting with his own idea for producing furniture based on the English styles of the 17th Century.St. Andrew’s houses fine examples of the work of Robert ‘Mousey’ Thompson.

‘Mousey’s’ signature – the famous mouse symbol, found on every item crafted by Robert Thompson has an uncertain history.  The story told by Robert Thompson himself is that one of his crafts men remarked that they “We’re all as poor as church mice” Whereupon Robert carved a mouse on the church screen he was working on. That particular mouse hase never been found but it has continued as a trademark of quality and dedication to craftsman ever since.