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Eyre(s), James & Large, James (1777-99)

Eyre(s), James & Large, James, 226 Piccadilly, opposite ‘The Black Bear Inn’, London, carpet, bedding, cabinet warehouse and manufactory, undertakers (1777–99). Eyre is recorded alone at this address in 1799, and James Eyre (or Ayre) alone took out Sun Insurance policies in 1783 and 1784 for £1,500 and £2,100, utensils and stock accounting for £1,200 and £1,800 respectively. Eyres and Large took out insurance policies on 15 September and 31 December 1785, both for £2,450 on utensils and stock, and £160 and £340 respectively on those in a warehouse in Crown St, Soho. On 4 January 1787 Eyre and Aron Large, upholder, together insured a house in New Spring Gdns for £400; and insured goods and property for £3,900 with James Large on 9 June 1787. On 20 January 1761 Eyre and James Large insured household goods at 26 West Side, Golden Sq. for £400; and on 10 March a house and goods at 3 Barton St, Westminster, and house behind for £300. [D; GL, Sun MS vol. 313, p. 376; vol. 322, p. 307; vol. 331, p. 573; vol. 335, p. 128; vol. 342, ref. 526233; vol. 373, refs 579423 and 580648] Several bills and accounts survive for work done, including a payment to Eyre of Piccadilly of £16 6s 6d for work done between 1784– 86; both patron and nature of the work are unrecorded. [Scottish RO, GD 157/815] Eyre & Large are mentioned in Lord Howard's accounts for items supplied to Audley End, Essex. Their bill of 1786 totalled £48 6s 3d and included ‘2 Large stained 4 post Bedsteads’ costing £3 4s, ‘A Square feet sweep Field Bedstead’, £1 18s, and a large quantity of bedding and upholstery materials. In 1787 the firm provided ‘A Field Bed with sacking, castors, brass caps & stripe furniture compleat’, and bedding, totalling £10 12s 6d. [Essex RO, D/ DBy/A44/10; A45/8] In 1788 Eyre & Large worked for the 5th Duke of Bedford at Bedford House, London, providing four four-post beech bedsteads with morine furniture, mattresses and blankets. [Bedford Office, London] A bill, dated 29 August 1793 and receipted 23 October by R. Styning(?), is in the Sawston Hall archives, and records payment of £1 7s 4d for a blanket and canvas [Cambs. RO]

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