Jim Blezard was one of the earlier Berry’s chairmakers. He worked as a French polisher and can be seen as a young man in the 1904 photo of Berry’s workers with HJ Berry. According to John Wells, Jim worked at Berry’s until he was in his eighties.
Bob Parker remembers going to visit him a lot once he (Bob) returned from the war. He has recounted that Jim started at Berry’s when he was 17, looking after the horses. Jim helped look after the eight horses Berry’s then owned and helped with the haymaking at a time when Berry’s were also farmers.
Photo caption information with thanks to the Chipping Local History Society
Can anyone name the ‘Unknowns’? And are any of them Jim Blezard?