The carved Mouse symbol was first registered as a trademark in the 1930's, however the following extracts from a letter written in Roberts own neat handwriting and addressed to the Reverend John H W Fisher, the then Vicar of Berkeley Parish Church, dated February 10th 1949.
"The origin of the Mouse as my mark was almost in the way of being an accident. I and another carver were carving a huge cornice for a church screen and he happened to say something about being as poor as a church mouse. I said I will carve a mouse here and did so, and then it struck me, what a lovely trademark. This is about 30 years ago".Farmers and craftsmen have lived and worked for generations in this beautiful spot as indeed was the case in virtually every village in the land until the Industrial Revolution lured them to the towns to become mass-producers. Many bemoaned the loss; few were in a position to do anything about it, so gradually the craft traditions began to die away.
Each piece is traditionally crafted by hand using only the very best naturally seasoned English oak and you will find a hand carved mouse trade mark on each and every item of furniture that leaves the workshops.
Today, the firm of Robert Thompson is proud to continue in Robert's footsteps, and keep alive the dream of one of Yorkshires famous and collectible 21st Century arts and crafts furniture makers: "The Mouseman of Kilburn".