Gerald Gobert and his brother Earnest Gobert founded Protim Services Ltd. following the end of both world wars. To measure the moisture content of wood, they created the Protimeter, the first moisture metre.
Employee Anthony Payne leaves Protim & Gallwey Ltd in the 1977 and establishes his own Ltd. Company. The next year, 1978, saw a rise in the demand for damp and timber work, leading to the employment of Steven Payne, his son.
Payne's Preservation Ltd. upheld multiple important contracts throughout the South of England as business progressively increased. At a family farm in Grateley, Anthony expanded his understanding of insects and treatments and completed our first agricultural pesticide / fumigation contract, until 2017, when the family retired and sold the farm.
With an emphasis on wood infestation/decay, dampness, and waterproofing, Steven Payne founded K.T. Preservation. After several successful years of trading, Anthony Payne stopped trading in 1998 and retired.
In 2005, the eldest son of Steven, Thomas Payne joins the firm seeing through many projects into 2010.
The youngest son of Steven Payne, Joseph Payne, takes on the new post as Director after spending many years working as a plasterer and learning about traditional materials and lime-based mortars. Joseph Payne is fully qualified as a timber and damp surveyor.
The business expands after moving to a bigger location in 2020, and our staff begin partaking in monthly CPD courses. Katie Payne is a secretary and office manager. She is Steven Payne's daughter and the oldest granddaughter of Anthony Payne.
Wessex H&R has changed its name in order to position itself better for customers and clients to locate us and understand what we do. As we proceed into 2023 and beyond, the seasoned team and first-rate customer service will remain the same.