About us

Wesley-Barrell has had roots in Witney, Oxfordshire since 1895 and now, with 12 showrooms across the UK, a new generation of management has embraced the opportunity to introduce Wesley-Barrell's traditional and contemporary designs to customers at home and overseas.

Today

  • Today, under new management Wesley Barrell continues to use artisan techniques, handed down through generations and little changed for over 120 years to craft our English furniture. 

Our collection of upholstered sofas and armchairs demonstrate a commitment to the highest levels of craftsmanship, great British design and the best quality materials that truly respect the company's rich heritage.

We are proud of our reputation and continue to strive to be at the forefront of British furniture design and making.

2014 - 1960

Offices & workshops in Charlbury, Oxfordshire
Offices & workshops in Charlbury, Oxfordshire
The Barrell Family in 1994
The Barrell Family in 1994
  • Peter Barrell took over the running of the business from his father in the late 1950's and started to design and develop the range of classic sofa and armchair designs for which Wesley-Barrell is renowned.  It was Peter Barrell who saw the importance or taking his furniture to the market and with his French wife Francoise grew the company to open a network of specialist showrooms throughout England.

Having all been involved in the family firm for many years, Peter and Francois's daughters Juliette, Isabel and Eugenie took over the helm when their parents retired in 2005.

1960 - 1930

  • Anthony’s second son Wesley returned from the First World War seriously wounded (his elder brother died from his wounds) and re-joined his father’s firm.  

In 1934 Wesley established his own firm of Wesley-Barrell (Witney) Ltd and moved to the site where the flagship showroom is still today at 3, Bridge Street Witney.

Three generations of Barrell family in 1938
Three generations of Barrell family in 1938

Established in 1895

  • In 1895 Anthony Barrell establishes a family business in Witney, Oxfordshire as Valentine and Barrell.  A classic general store of the kind to found in any busy market town at the time.
  • It sells furniture and beds made in the family workshops alongside fashion and all manner of homewares.
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  • In 1895 Anthony Barrell establishes a family business in Witney, Oxfordshire as Valentine and Barrell.  A classic general store of the kind to found in any busy market town at the time.
  • It sells furniture and beds made in the family workshops alongside fashion and all manner of homewares.
  • - See more at: http://wesley-barrell.rdgwy.com/why-wesley-barrell/heritage#sthash.EsVVA1Li.dpuf
  • In 1895 Anthony Barrell establishes a family business in Witney, Oxfordshire as Valentine and Barrell.  A classic general store of the kind to found in any busy market town at the time.
  • It sells furniture and beds made in the family workshops alongside fashion and all manner of homewares.
  • - See more at: http://wesley-barrell.rdgwy.com/why-wesley-barrell/heritage#sthash.XggPGHCA.dpuf

  • Anthony Barrell first went into business with a partner Walter Valentine in his home town of Witney, Oxfordshire in 1895.  He opened a classic general store – Valentine & Barrell,  the kind to be found in any busy market town at the time selling all manner of goods from furniture and beds made in the workshop to fashion and homewares.

It was undoubtably with his two sons and three daughters in mind Anthony Barrell decided to break from the Valentine family and start a business of his own specialising in the famous Witney blankets and in the manufacture of upholstered beds and mattresses that employed the skills evident in our sofas today.

 

Top left; Anthony Ernest Barrell and staff celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.  Top right; Advertising bedsteads and homewares for the general store.  Bottom left; Valentine & Barrell's General Store, Market Square at the turn of the 20th century.  Bottom left;  Anthony Barrell and family in 1897.