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Name: Chris Wilson.
Comment: I worked at Barnard's during the 1970s. John Barnard was a lovely man to work for, and with his mother living above the shop we were never short of a cup of tea or a cake. There was never a day when I did not want to go to work, and the 1970s were a fantastic time to be in one's late teens/early 20s. I wish I could go back.
(13 May 2015)

Name: Gary James.
Comment: Barnards was the best record shop in Tunbridge Wells in the 1970s. I vividly recall the listening booths at the rear of the shop. I seem to recall John Barnard as a tall, quietly spoken man. I bought my copy of T. Rex's Electric Warrior LP there, which became my first and most prized album. I'm pleased to say I still have it. A much missed store and some very happy memories.
(27 June 2015)

Name: Neal Goodwin
Comment: Like Chris Wilson I also worked at Barnards record shop and fondly remember working in the shop with Chris Wilson, Sam Gish, and Miles amount others. I remember John Barnard and his mother living over the shop. At the end of each day we would take the day's takings up to John's mother. Although a long time ago my time working there brings back wonderful memories.

Comment: I remember Barnards Record Shop very well indeed. I used to order all my Beatles LPs etc from there. I also remember when all the famous '60s pop groups used to play at the Assembly Rooms just up and round the corner from Barnards Record Shop. Groups that I saw there included The Rolling Stones and The Animals.


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Dave Harwood
26 Sep 2023 at 02:01
I found this in the ‘Kent & Sussex Courier’ dated 2nd July 1965:
“BARNARD'S Est. 1901 40 Camden Road TUNBRIDGE WELLS.”
... and also this advert dated 17th September 1976:
“BARNARDS - 40 CAMDEN ROAD, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT, TEL. 22858. RECORDS, CASSETTES, MANY ALBUMS AND TAPES AT DISCOUNT PRICES. The Music Specialists - 10a CAMDEN ROAD, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT, TEL. 22141 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, AMPLIFICATION, PERCUSSION, REPAIRS, RENOVATION, TUITION.”
... which shows that Barnard’s also had a musical instrument shop just up the road from the record shop.

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