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French Bamfords poster find for Beamhurst Museum

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

Bethany Walton with the poster at Beamhurst Museum

Bethany Walton with the poster at Beamhurst Museum

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A BAMFORDS poster in French dating back more than 100 years is the latest addition to a museum of all things Uttoxeter.

Beamhurst Museum located the unique poster from the Breton family, from Retiers near to Brittany, who ran a manufacturing and farming implement business.

The poster, which dates back to Victorian times, was found while the family was clearing out an old barn.

Although the business closed down a couple of decades ago, the family still lives in the house so could offer Beamhurst owner John Walton some history to go with the poster.

His wife Laura said: “They have also sent some postcards of the house and barns with the machinery and a picture of the family.

“The picture dates back to the early 1900s so it’s great to have that history with the poster as well.

“We found it on eBay and it was like wow that is a rare piece. You don’t very often see a Bamfords sign in French.

“Since we brought it we told the lady it was coming to a museum and that is why she sent us all the history information to go with it as she knows where it is going.

“It did take a good few days to come and John was itching for it. He was over the moon with it but then I thought he would be. When it came we were so pleased with it and it makes it more interesting to us to have the history with it.

“Considering it is more than 100 years old it is in remarkably good condition. You can make out all the pictures and words.

“There is a little damage in the corner but that does not detract from it just considering how it survived.”

The new edition will be on display at the museum open days this weekend on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 5pm.

Mrs Walton added: “John is going to find somewhere to put it where people can see it and it will probably be among the Bamfords items.”

The 43-year-old said since first opening its doors four years ago, the museum has continued to go from strength-to-strength with visitors coming from further afield to see the delights on offer.

More information on Beamhurst Museum and party bookings is available by calling 01889 507003 or visiting the website at www.beamhurstmuseum.co.uk

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