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Becket(t), William (1771-1800)

Becket(t), William, Lancaster, cm and joiner (1771–1800). App. to William Blackburn in 1771; admitted freeman, 1779–80, when stated ‘of Wray’. Named in the Gillow records between 1786–1800 moulding claws. Possibly the maker of the large chest of drawers, mahogany veneer, oak carcase, bowfronted, belonging to the late Edward Croft-Murray and traced to William Rawlinson of Ancoats Hall, which he rented from the Moseleys in the later 18th century. Inscriptions in black lead on underside of bottom of third drawer and on outside of back of third drawer: ‘WILLIAM BECKET MAKER 1789’. [Poll bk; Westminster Ref. Lib., Gillow; Lancaster app. reg. and freemen rolls; V & A archives]

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.