I put pen to paper (or fingers to laptop, to be precise) a couple of times per week to write Blogs about Doorsan. I write about a variety of topics and I tend to focus on door related themes although sometimes they can be quite tenuous links.
Today I thought I would explore the origins of the surname, or sometimes first name, of "Kershaw". I researched on the Internet and although opinions differ, I found a couple of websites that break down the surname into two sections, "Ker" and "Shaw". It seems that the name Kershaw used to be spelled Kirkshaw back in the 16th century and there were other spellings prior to that. The word Kirk is from old English and back in the 6th century it was the name for a church. The word for church in Dutch is "kerk" which supports this theory and "Kirk" is commonly included within place names, such as Kirkheaton and Kirkburton, which are local to us here in West Yorkshire.
The second part of the name, "Shaw", is quite a revelation as this is an old name for a coppice or wood. It must be fate or destiny then that the owner of the company Mr Kershaw specialises in wooden doors! It could of course be a coincidence, but I like to think it was just meant to be!
So far, here at Doorsan we have occasionally sold the traditional large arch shaped doors as found in churches, as these were a special custom door order, but maybe this is a growth area for us one day. Then we could really fulfil the destiny of the Kershaw name!
If you are looking to buy a quality wooden door for your home or your office then you should take a look at the Kershaws (Church - Wood) Doors website www.uniquedoors.co.uk.