The firm, E.J. Wicks, was founded in 1905 by Fred 'Peggy' Wicks, a well-known character in the village for many years. Later he was joined by his brother Edward, in whose name the business is still registered. Edward 'Jimmy' Wicks was apprentice to his brother in 1911 and took over the business in 1936 after his brother's death.
In 1960 the Bert Crofts, joined the firm and eventually became a partner with Cyril Bentick. Cyril was a jockey for 14 years and rode in the Derby. While working as travelling head lad for Matt Feakes he would slip into the Lambourn Saddlers shop whenever possible to learn the business and he joined them full time in 1962. Cyril married Sylvia Wicks, Jimmy Wicks daughter and continued the business for many years, sadly Cyril died in 2010, a much loved and respected man and fondly remembered, but EJ Wicks continues with Cyril's son, Malcolm, daughter, Sandra and her husband Jimmy Nolan.
Over the years E.J.Wicks has made saddlery for the Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and The Sultan of Oman and exported all over the world including Kenya, Switzerland, America, New Zealand and Germany.
A first class Saddlers with a world-wide reputation and one which Lambourn can be proud of.