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Sidney Barnsley came from Birmingham, studied at the Birmingham School of Art and went on to the Royal Academy's Architecture School (1885-7). Simultaneously with his studies as the RA, he trained as an architect in Norman Shaw's London office.

He moved to the Cotswolds in company with Ernest Gimson* and his brother Ernest Barnsley in 1892. All three men were all interested in the revival of rural life in general and of craftsmanship in particular. Sidney Barnsley concentrated on teaching himself the basics of carpentry and cabinetmaking, living and working firstly at Pinbury, then in the village of Sapperton, where he designed and built his own house. Here he made furniture and woodwork in an outbuilding in his garden, generally to design drawings. Like members of the Gimson workshop, he made everything by hand and from solid English timbers, employing decorative gouged carving and inlays of geometric design.

*Denotes included in the Crafts Study Centre Collection.



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