Barnsley brothers

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Ernest and Sidney Barnsley were Arts and Crafts movement master builders, furniture designers and makers associated with Ernest Gimson. In the early 20th century they had workshops at Sapperton, Gloucestershire.

Sidney's son, Edward continued the family tradition, making fine furniture according to his father's philosophy and became a figurehead in his own right.

They were also associated with the designers and makers Gordon Russell, the Dutch furniture designer-craftsman Peter Waals, or van der Waals, and the architect-designer Norman Jewson (who was Ernest Barnsley's son-in-law).

Church at Lower Kingswood[edit]

Lower Kingswood
Church of Jesus Christ and the Wisdom of God
Interior showing chancel section of above church

Sidney Barnsley rebuilt the Church of Jesus Christ and the Wisdom of God at Lower Kingswood, Surrey, in 1891 in the free Byzantine style. He used red brick and stone in various patterns, e.g. chequer work, herringbone and basketweave, and a plain tile roof. He installed a single unit aisled nave and chancel; an east end with polygonal apses, the outer ones as angled bay windows; imposing west front; a large planked and studded door with scalloped metal framing under round arch with inscription; a stone dressed diocletian window above the narthex under a pent roof; and round headed lancet windows on other façades and in the apses of the east end.[1]

Interior features include an Arts and Crafts movement lectern, pulpit and reading desk, in ebony and holly with mother of pearl inlay; priests' chairs with domed canopies; and Byzantine capitals from Constantinople and Ephesus decorating the aisles and west wall.[1]

It has the highest listed building classification, of Grade I.[1]

Rodmarton Manor[edit]

Starting in 1909, the brothers collaborated in the design, construction and furnishing of Rodmarton Manor, a work completed by Ernest's son-in-law, Norman Jewson.

House at Hagley Road, Birmingham[edit]

In January 2011, controversy arose over the granting by Birmingham City Council of permission to the Extra Care Charitable Trust to demolish 324 Hagley Road (52°28′24″N 1°57′39″W / 52.4732°N 1.9609°W / 52.4732; -1.9609), built in 1895, and the last surviving house by Ernest Barnsley in that city.[2] Although not listed, the building and others affected lie within the Barnsley Road Conservation Area.[2][3][4] The Victorian Society wrote to the Government Office for the West Midlands to request that the Secretary of State call in for his own determination the application to build a retirement village of 240 flats on the site, in Edgbaston.[2]

Barnsley Road is named after Ernest.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Lower Kingswood, Church of Jesus Christ and the Wisdom of God Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1029052)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Request to 'call in' Hagley Road". Victorian Society. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Barnsley Road Conservation Area Map" (pdf). Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Barnsley Road Conservation Area Designation Report" (pdf). Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Heritage campaigners are idiots, says Tory". Building Design. Retrieved 30 January 2011.

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