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Martin Beazor


Martin Beazor of John Beazor & Sons Antiques, Cambridge, established 1875.

A conversation between Martin Beazor and project lead Mark Westgarth.

Martin Beazor is the third generation of his family to run the antique business, which was established in Great Yarmouth in 1875. The Beazor family are one of a small number of dealers still trading that were established in the 19th century. Martin’s grandfather, John Beazor moved the business to their current location in Regent Street, Cambridge in 1940 – taking with them, so Martin recalls, a very smart 18th century grand entrance door salvaged from a merchant’s house in Great Yarmouth.

Martin had very fond memories of working with his father, Keith Beazor, during the 1970s and 1980s – Martin joined the firm in 1973, when he was in his early 20s – including a fascinating anecdote about how his father managed to acquire an important ‘Hepplewhite’ partner’s desk from another dealer, which was eventually sold by Keith Beazor to Asprey in London.

Photograph, Antique Dealer project, University of Leeds, 2014.