History of Cremona House

Cremona House is now the oldest violin estalishment in th UK and probably the world. With it’s original mahogany cabinets and Victorian fittings its like stepping back in time. Very little has changed.

Cremona House historyCremona House has been at the forefront of the British violinmaking since it was established in 1879 by George Darbey, one of the most influential violinmakers of his day and also an extremely talented bowmaker.

Richard BristowIt’s said that some of his work rivalled that of the French makers. He sold bows to some of the leading virtuosos of his day including Sarasate. When Darbey retired around 1920 the shop was taken over by his Son, Harry, who was a dealer and concert violinist.

Cremona House Violin ShopHe employed Albert Tinney as restorer in the 1930′s who continued to run the shop until Richard Bristow took it over in 1982. A hundred and thirty five years and well into it’s second century Cremona House is one of the leading violin shops in Britain and has developed a popularity and excellent reputation for quality craftsmanship and expertise.



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