Company History


The Beginning

1919 saw Herbert Smith return from the task of helping to produce aircraft in Norwich for Mann Egerton. The job he had left as a carpenter on the Honingham Estate did not exist by this time, so with four young children and a wife to support he started work on his own account, having just £50 capital, a will to work and a shrewd mind, the ten years of the 1920s spent by building a few houses, and carrying out small works contracts.



The 1930s saw an improvement in the volume of available work and produced substantial growth, Herbert Alfred Smith, son of the founder, was taken into partnership, many Local Authority houses were built by the firm during this period. 1939 was the beginning of the pause during the war years, although Herbert 'senior' carried out a large programme of bomb damage repair work in Norwich.

1940s & 1950s

George & Bert Join Herbert in Business

In 1945 sons Herbert and George returned from the Armed Forces, and the three formed the partnership of H. Smith & Sons. From then many large housing contracts were undertaken, but sadly 1958 saw the death of the founder.


Herbert & George in Partnership

Herbert and George continued working in partnership building Local Authority housing projects, nursing homes, schools, industrial work, renovations and refurbishments and the like.


John & Alan

Work continued with similar projects. In 1970 Bert decided to retire; shortly after George was joined by two of his sons, John and Alan. During 1974 trading transferred to the limited company.


Completion of 102 new homes in Costessey working in partnership with South Norfolk District Council.
In 1983 Maingay House in Aylsham (a sheltered housing complex providing a mixture of 40 houses and bungalows) was completed for Broadland District Council and opened by HRH Princess Anne.


George Retires

George retired as Managing Director of the Limited Company in January 1990 and carried on as a consultant for two years. The Smith family also run a Partnership enterprise, which incorporates the Quarry Works Industrial complex of six units.


New Offices

The partnership is also responsible for the new office building which is in part for the Limited Company use, and ten offices for letting, all of this in the quiet village of Honingham.


Websites Launched

In 1998 we embraced the Internet with both our website, originally at, and head office email facilities. Since this inital launch the Limited company's website has moved to and the partnership has established a website at


More Space

In the year 2000 due to an increasing demand for space to store stock materials and plant machinery a satellite yard was purchased on the Frans Green Industrial Estate, this allowed much of the stock that required long term storage to be removed from Quarry Works. This created two distinct sites, one solely a "builders yard" the other a base for the growing demands on administrative duties.


Enter the Fourth Generation

The fourth generation of Smiths' have started to work within the Limited company. Kimberley Smith joined the accounts department in 2006 and continues to further her knowledge in this field.

Jonathan Smith joined the company in 2007 after successfully completing a Batchelor of Science Degree in Construction Management at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford.


Properties and Developments

Smith of Honingham (Properties) Ltd


100 Years