- Craddock & Barnard
- Also known as
Craddock & Barnard
primary name: Craddock & Barnard
other name: Barnard, P M
- organisation; dealer/auction house; British
- Other dates
- 10 Dudley Road, Tunbridge Wells (in 1911)
17 Church Road, Tunbridge Wells
(1929-32) 28 Museum Street, before returning to Tunbridge Wells in the Depression and during the War
(c.1950) back to 31 Museum Street, working from bottom floor of Meatyard's shop (M. being on the upper floor)
(finally) 32 Museum Street (of which they bought the freehold)
- Firm founded just before World War I as an antiquarian bookseller by Rev. Percy Mordaunt Barnard (1868-1941) & his wife (Alice Mary née Taunton) in Tunbridge Wells, initially trading as P.M.Barnard. Adopted name of Caddock & Barnard in 1928 (there never was a Craddock). The wife set up the print side of the business c.1915, retiring c.1940, dying in 1951. First catalogues of prints in the 1920s.
Business moved to Museum Street after WWII, and taken on (after Mrs Barnard's death) by their two sons, Osbert (d.1985, qv. who ran the shop) and Mordaunt (who was the chemist, and had lost the fingers of his right hand through x-ray experiments). Both were Alpinists. Their sister Nea married a Frenchman called Jean Morin, d.1943. Osbert bequeathed the firm to his long-time assistant Audrey Gibbs, who briefly took Elizabeth Harvey-Lee into partnership, and soon after closed the firm. The name and goodwill were acquired by Christopher Mendez (q.v.). The Museum Street shop became a food and coffee shop run by a religious sect.
- Hubert Prouté, obituary of Osbert Barnard in 'Print Quarterly', V 1988 p.283-5, plus Higgins in PQ 1989 p.60.
Hilary Chapman in Print Quarterly XIV 1997, p.316 On Archive in the Strang Print Room, UCL