Barlow Tyrie - A Family History

Barlow Tyrie are now known throughout the world as designers and manufacturers of high quality garden furniture made from top grade teak. Now fast approaching their centenary, they are still a family firm, run by direct descendants of the company's founder and have a fascinating history.

Created by Simon on Friday, 10th of May, 2013.
Updated on Thursday, 19th of March, 2020.


Barlow Tyrie Woven Dune Daybed

Like many ex-servicemen returning from the Great War in 1918, Victor Tyrie found a very different world to the one he left when joining up. Millions of men returning home discovered that finding a job and forging a career was a difficult task following the upheaval of the previous four years.

So he took advantage of a government sponsored training programme in cabinet making and then joined Castles Shipbreakers. Joining a ship breaking company may seem unusual but at the time they were making a good business out of manufacturing gaden furniture from teak rescued from battleships. 

As a very dense, stable wood, full of natural oils that prevent rot, teak was used extensively by boat builders and Castles were one of the first companies to realise its potential for domestic use. 

When Tyrie met Barlow

During the year he worked there, Tyrie met Frederick Barlow and they decided, with two other ex-servicemen, to set up their own company manufacturing various products.

After their two partners left in 1920, Tyrie and Barlow concentrated on making good quality teak garden furniture for general retail and councils. Based in Leytonstone, east London, one of their most famous products was the 'London Bench', a design that has become the iconic seat found in public parks even today.

Frederick Barlow died in 1959 and in 1968, when Victor Tyrie retired, his son Peter became Managing Director. He was an accountant, only 24 years old, but despite his youth and inexperience would transform the firm into an international group with companies on three continents.

The Only Way is Essex

The sixties was a decade of exciting change everywhere you looked. Certainly Barlow Tyrie were moving with the times when, to increase production, they relocated to the post-war new town of Basildon in Essex. 

Peter Tyrie was then quick to see the market potential in North America and started to distribute products from Pennsylvania in the 1980s.

Just over the horizon though there was a problem looming. Indonesia, the source of their teak, banned exports of rough sawn timber. The company was quick to respond to this challenge, setting up a manufacturing facility in Java, where most of the furniture is made today.

Third Generation

Continuing the family tradition there is now a third generation taking the company forward with Peter's sons, James and Mark, on the board specialising in sales and design.

Mark is keen to emphasize Barlow Tyrie's environmental accountability, he says 'We adhere to the EU FLEGT (Forect Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) action plan that aims to halt illegal logging that has such detremental environmental and social effects. To have truly green credentials a company has to prove that it can track the movement of stock through all the production processes to the finished product. This process is called the chain of custody. Barlow Tyrie was one of the first 100 companies to commit to this standard'.

Fast approaching its 100th birthday, Barlow Tyrie are already the oldest manufacturers of teak garden furniture in the world. They regularly win awards and their brand represents the highest standard of quality and service.

One of the greatest advantages of a family firm is continuity. The new generation understand the culture of Barlow Tyrie but will bring their own innovative ways of working, driving the company forward using contemporary ideas, new materials and cutting edge design.

 

Related Articles

Barlow Tyrie Layout Range Awarded The Prestigious Red Dot

Barlow Tyrie Layout Range Awarded The Prestigious Red Dot

Barlow Tyrie is a brand which is synonymous with high quality design and manufacture using only the finest materials. This insistence on 'only the best' has now been recognized by their Layout range of garden furniture becoming a prestigious Red Dot award winner.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 6th of April, 2020.

New Barlow Tyrie Outdoor Furniture To Celebrate Centenary

New Barlow Tyrie Outdoor Furniture To Celebrate Centenary

In these uncertain times it's reassuring to know that Barlow Tyrie have been designing and manufacturing top quality teak furniture for nearly a century, and they have announced several new ranges to coincide with their one hundredth birthday.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 14th of October, 2019.

David Coton's Review Of Glee 2019

David Coton's Review Of Glee 2019

GLEE is the garden retail industry's annual show at the NEC in Birmingham. David Coton took the opportunity to visit this year's event to catch up on the news, visit current/potential suppliers and evaluate new products we would like to offer on GardenSite in the coming year.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 12th of September, 2019.

GardenSite supports Langley School in Preperation for Sutton Coldfield In Bloom

GardenSite supports Langley School in Preperation for Sutton Coldfield In Bloom

As the town gets ready for this year’s Sutton Coldfield in Bloom, those on the route are busy preparing to impress the judges. This includes Langley Primary School who are being visited on the 10th of July to assess the Town’s entry into this year’s Heart of England ‘In Bloom’ competition.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of June, 2019.

comments powered by Disqus

Author

Simon Simon

Partner at GardenSite

View Profile

RSS

View RSS Feed

Follow Us!

Recent Articles

What To Do In The Garden In August

What To Do In The Garden In August

During the recent spell of fine weather and with more forecast, David Coton has been careful to make sure that none of the container grown plants at the Garden Centre dry out. This is particularly important if you are on holiday and he has these suggestions for other jobs that will keep you busy in the garden during August.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 27th of July, 2018.

Our Challenges Through Covid-19 and What Our Customers Should Know

Our Challenges Through Covid-19 and What Our Customers Should Know

GardenSite's senior partner Robert Hall explains the actions we're taking in order to beat the challenges surrounding Covid-19 as well as handy information for customers who are still awaiting the delivery of their order during these unprecedented times.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 24th of July, 2020.

What To Do In The Garden In July

What To Do In The Garden In July

With such changeable weather recently with a heat wave following by rain, David Coton is looking forward to summer finally arriving and a chance to get out into the garden, here are some of the jobs he'll be tackling during July.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 29th of June, 2018.

Gardening TV Programmes, What's On and When?

Gardening TV Programmes, What's On and When?

There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, sound advice and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2020 but during the current government restrictions don't be surprised to see repeats filling gaps in a depleted schedule and other programmes adopting a different format..

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 13th of February, 2018.