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The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop

152 Victoria Road · Cambridge · CB4 3DZ · Telephone 01223 362170


The arrival of a new apprentice, David Kindersley, in December 1934 is marked by the laconic entry in Eric Gill’s diary ‘Mr. Kindersley and son came in night’. The nervous but determined eighteen year old non-Catholic public schoolboy, whose stockbroker father paid Gill his small apprentice's indemnity developed first into a trusted Gill assistant, working alongside him on such important commissions of the period as Bentall’s store in Kingston, St. John’s College, Oxford and Dorset House, and then burgeoned into a prolific and distinguished lettercutter on his own account. From Gill’s earliest inscription of 1903 up to Kindersley’s death in 1995, the two straddle the history of 20th century British crafts, resurrecting the neglected craft of lettercutting and redefining the idea of the workshop as a valid way of life.