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Edward Barnsley was the son of Sidney Barnsley* who worked at Sapperton in Gloucesteshire in association with Gimson*. He settled in Froxfield near Petersfield after he left Bedales School, and in 1923 took over the workshop of Geoffrey Lupton. To begin with Edward Barnsley undertook architectural woodwork projects as well as commissions for domestic furniture, working in solid English timbers along similar lines to the Cotswold group. After the Second World War, Barnsley revised his work to include veneers, exotic woods and delicate inlays. From the 1940s onwards, he concentrated on design, while most of the making was done by assistants, of whom there were between four and 14 in his workshop at any one time. One of the most notable is Alan Peters. In the 1950s and early '60s, machines were installed at Barnsley's workshop in order to compete on price for corporate commissions.

The workshop continues business and training today, run by the Edward Barnsley Educational Trust. The Trust holds large archive of over 4000 of Edward Barnsley's designs, his correspondence and other records.

*Denotes included in the Crafts Study Centre Collection



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