Bill Sargent

Bee Skeep Pargetted Panel - Bill Sargent


Pargetting is a heritage craft, now on the Heritage Crafts Endangered List.
The large bee skeep pargetted panel was crafted by legendary, local pargetter, Bill Sargent. We have the the panel displayed over our shop fireplace and it sings from the wall.

We commissioned a collection of pargetted relief panels so we may introduce customers to this endangered heritage craft. The panels will become part of our The Merchant’s Table Heritage Crafts Collection.

The panels are made specifically to be hung on interior or exterior walls, with immediate effect. We are also taking commissions for larger pieces in situ - please contact the shop or visit us.

Due to the nature and weight of the sculpture, only collection from our shop is available for this work.

Bill Sargent is among the highest regarded pargetters (also spelt 'pargeter') in the country. His work can be seen in Suffolk, Essex, Kent and Norfolk and covers most areas of traditional plastering and pargetting (also spelt 'pargeting'). 

Pargetting is believed to have been introduced to England in the sixteenth century by Henry VIII who imported Italian plasterers to decorate Nonsuch Palace. The craft was referred to as ‘stucco’ in Italy, but became known as ‘pargeting’ in England. Either patterns were stamped or scratched into the surface of wet plaster, and  the most skilled pargeters created their own designs which they then modelled directly onto the wall using their fingers and a spatula to create designs in high or low relief. While the craft is mainly associated with East Anglia and particularly Suffolk and Essex, historically it was much more widely employed.*

* Historic detail with thank you to Heritage Crafts  

Plaster with a lime wash.

Dimensions: Length: 120cm, Height: 60cm, Depth: 5cm

We aim to make ordering from us as straightforward as possible.

Once your online transaction has been completed your order will be confirmed by email within 24 hours. If your order is placed on a Friday, or over the weekend, your item will be shipped within 3 days from the Monday.

Using Royal Mail our shipping rates are calculated based on the estimated weight and size of the items. 

You have the option of First Class Delivery (which cannot be tracked), or Tracked delivery ( to enable you to track your package through all stages of the delivery process)


Please allow 3-5 working days for delivery in the UK. In most cases it will be less.


We do ship outside of the UK and are delighted to do so, but we ask you to email,, so we may give you an accurate shipping cost to your destination.

Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination country. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcel. Unfortunately, we have no control over these charges, and cannot tell you what the cost would be, as customs policies and import duties vary widely from country to country.


We recommend contacting your local customs office for current charges before you order, so you are not surprised by charges you were not expecting.

Please be aware that your parcel can be also delayed by customs and subsequent charges can be applied. We have no control over this, and cannot supply any details why or for how long your parcel will be delayed.

If you wish to return a purchase please notify us at

If you are unhappy with our products in any way, they can be returned provided they are in saleable condition.

If you wish to return your item and receive a full refund items need to posted/couriered back to us within 7 days of being received by you.

Please note refunds to Debit/Credit Cards normally clear in 1/2 days after receipt of the returned goods.

Returns received outside the above time frame will not be accepted. For all returns you will be required to arrange and pay for the return of the products to us.

We will only accept returns provided the goods are received by us in the condition they were in when delivered to you.


Please returns items to: 

The Merchant’s Table
10 Church Street
Suffolk IP12 1DH

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