Tiller & Wheel Ltd was formed in 2019 by husband and wife team, Ed Gransden and Heather Burgess. Drawing on their individual expertise and passions – Ed’s being sailing & historic vessels of the East Coast; Heather’s in arts, events and cultural engagement.

As the custodians for two historic sailing vessels we aspire to create a sustainable business model to ensure their ongoing preservation. To do this we aim to inject arts & culture at the core of the business and redefine their purpose, from industrial working craft to cultural platforms.

Heather & Ed are well versed in transforming and re-purposing a space; having already established a unique art venue – Sun Pier House CIC – by utilising an empty commercial office building in Chatham town centre and turning it into a vibrant gallery, studios, workshop space, venue and tearoom.

The two vessels currently in our charge are –

Whitstable Oyster Smack Thistle – #775 on National Historic Ships register

Sailing Barge Edith May – #2110 on National Historic Ships register