About Charles Barr

Company History

The name of Charles Barr Furniture dates back over 100 years to the latter part of the 19th Century. It was in 1861 that a chair maker by the name of Charles Barr set up a furniture workshop in the parish of Shoreditch in London, UK.

With the assistance of his three sons the furniture business flourished but it was the influence of Charles Barr’s youngest son Ernest that changed the company from a chair maker to a furniture company specialising in furniture of the period, drawing inspiration from such furniture designers as Robert Adam, George Hepplewhite, Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale. With the passing of time the company faded into near obscurity and it was not until the late 1940’s that the name of Charles Barr Furniture was resurrected by a London business man by the name of Wilfred Griffiths.

Relying mainly on outside manufacturing sources the furniture company grew and began once again to be successful. Two new factory sites were set up at Sandy, Bedfordshire and Wroxham, Norfolk with the added facilities of both sites the company began to increase its range of traditional furniture reproductions which was now being completely designed and made in-house. Today the company’s range of traditional furniture reproductions has been significantly developed to incorporate the decorative traditional reproductions that Charles Barr is known and renowned for. Supplying most of the quality, independent, traditional furniture outlets throughout the U.K. the company also exports its furniture reproductions all over the world to places such as the USA, The Middle East, Japan, Russia and Europe.

Modern times have seen a large increase in imports of traditional furniture reproductions flooding into the U.K. and with Great Britain’s traditional furniture manufacturing base in decline, the Charles Barr story continues. Training schools have been set up at our Wroxham factory to ensure that traditional and reproduction furniture, cabinet making and polishing skills are not lost. To these methods the company has added modern technology and innovations ensuring that Charles Barr furniture is even stronger than an original and more tolerant of changes in heat or humidity and no longer the exclusive preserve of the very wealthy

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