Family Run for Over 150 Years

P.O. Joyce Ltd is a successful family owned and operated business in East Finchley, North London, dedicated to supplying high quality timber to its customers. We have vast experience as timber merchants and have been supplying our products throughout London and its surrounding area since 1863.

We offer a range of products that includes: Softwood and Hardwood timber, Sheet Materials, Mouldings, Decking, Fencing, Hardwood Flooring and General Hardware .

With our knowledgeable and experienced employees, we endeavour to provide our customers with efficient customer service, expert advice and quality products at competitive prices. We also offer plenty of parking to our customers, an excellent milling service to order and a friendly and efficient, next day  delivery service.

Our Customer Base

A commitment to the professional builder and local tradesman has always been our priority, but now the DIY enthusiast and self-builder also represent an important part of our customer base.

Our Customers range from joiners, to building contractors, shop fitters, local carpenters, small specialist traders and D.I.Ys. They have one thing in common, the need for high quality timber products from timber specialists.

A Family Business

We understand the needs of our customers. With knowledge handed down six generations of timber merchants, our employees exceed expectations and meet most milling and product requirements.

Yet despite our progressive attitude, we have never forgotten our roots. P.O. Joyce Ltd remains a family-run business whose employees take great pride in every job.

Mission Statement

We endeavour to:

– Provide a friendly and efficient customer service
– Supply only high quality products at competitive prices
– Provide an excellent, efficient, reliable Milling Service
– Provide an excellent, efficient and friendly Delivery service

Our success is founded on our commitment to continuous improvement, training our employees and creating a healthy and safe working environment.


Back in 1863, Benjamin Joyce, a determined and spirited young man, left Ireland for a better life, a new challenge and to seek his fortune. He proceeded to open a small timber yard near East Finchley railway station, delivering the timber to his customers by horse and cart.

About 50 years after the company, was first opened, the company was re-located to its present location in Church Lane (formerly Bulls Lane), East Finchley, opposite East Finchley cemetery. Over 140 years later, P.O. Joyce Ltd. is still a family run business and is still supplying high quality timber to its customers.

Six generations of the Joyce family have been involved in the timber trade. Timber is not just a business to us; it’s a way of life. Since the company’s conception back in 1863, we have kept quality and flexibility as our watchwords. We believe we have the ability to adapt and evolve to changing market conditions and we have a strong belief in quality and customer service.

Family Tree

1st Generation - Benjamin Joyce

The founding member of the company, he came from Ireland, looking to start a new business and to seek his fortune. He started a small timber business in Stanhope St, London, but quickly brought it to East Finchley in the mid 1800s. He was a religious man, a keen Weslyan and a regular churchgoer. With just 2 other employees, they used handcarts to deliver all over the area.

(1824 – 1899)

2nd Generation - Edwin Joyce

As more of East Finchley meadows were covered in homes and shops, Edwin was very pro-active. Teams of horses supplied the vast majority of the timber and associated products needed for the development and growth of the area.

(1855 – 1933)

3rd Generation - Percy Oswald Joyce

Percy joined the firm later in life, after spending his early years as a ship’s carpenter travelling the world. His first task was to replace the horses with mechanical transport – they were put to pasture at the end of the 1920s – and registered the company for the first time as P.O. Joyce Ltd.

(1883 – 1968)

4th Generation - Stanley Edwin Joyce

A family man, he joined the business in 1946 after being ‘de-mobbed’ from the army. He started a building programme to replace the orchard and tennis courts with brick built sheds which was completed in the 1970s.

(1917 – 1997)

5th Generation - Neil Joyce

Neil joined the firm in 1971. He wanted to maintain the company’s traditional values, but at the same time has continued the building programme adding a new hardware shop in 2008 and introducing new lines and ideas.

(1952 – 2017)

6th Generation - Tom Joyce

“I aim to maintain the standards that my forefathers have upheld before me, whilst growing the business.” – Tom