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Mealing, William (1811-41)

Mealing, William, High Wycombe, Bucks., chairmaker (b. c. 1811–41). Listed as cm and u at High St in 1823 and as chairmaker at New Lands in 1839. Daughters bapt. in 1835 and 1839, son in 1836. Aged 30 at the time of the 1841 Census. William Mealing & Son, u and chairmakers, worked for the Royal Household from 1838–41. In March 1838 they supplied to Brighton Pavillion two carved and gilt music chairs, one covered in ‘His Majesty's silk’, and the other, of maple, in green morocco leather. They also provided six further carved and gilt maple chairs to Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, and ‘12 maple fly chairs’ at 36s each. On 31 December 1838 they charged £8 17s 6d for twenty-four cane-seated stools supplied to Windsor; and on 30 June 1839, £16 16s for forty-eight beechwood caned stools for the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, at 7s each. The accounts of 31 December 1840 record ‘3 Easy Framed Chairs with Rosewood Rails, Carved Legs, & Brass Socket Castors’, costing £12 9s, bought for Windsor; and on 30 June 1841, a further twenty-four caned beech stools for Windsor, and one chair for Buckingham Palace. [D; PR (bapt.); Windsor Royal Archives, Item 2, Box 1; PRO, LC 11/99, 101 and 110] Possibly two tradesmen of the same name are concerned here.

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