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Morton, Richard (1768-1817)

Morton, Richard, Worcester, cm, u and undertaker (1768–1817). Recorded at Mealcheapen St in 1788 and 21 Broad St, 1794–98. Listed as Surveyor to the County, 1794. App. to William Reding, joiner, carpenter and cm, and admitted freeman on 20 June 1768. Former apps admitted freemen: James Barrett and Edward Redding in 1780; and his own sons, William, John and James in 1806. Took out a Sun Insurance policy on 5 May 1791 for £1,600, including farmhouse, brewhouse, dairy and millhouse. Trade card, c.1800, in the Heal Coll., BM, shows Regency woman mourning by a tomb. Morton supplied items to Croome Court, Worcs., receiving £7 15s between 1 June and 10 August 1811 for ‘a pair of handrawn Imperial bedside carpets … silvered glass plate and cutting do. to pattern. 2 mahogany BIDETS with turned legs, tops stuffed with best horsehair and covered with black satin, hair and brass nailed’. In 1815 Richard and John Morton supplied two mahogany chairs costing £6 14s; in 1816 charged for two further mahogany chairs and for repairing and cleaning a tea chest at £7 16s 9d; and in 1817 for a carpet and mahogany dressing table, costing £11 10s 6d. [D; Worcester freemen rolls; GL, Sun MS vol. 376, p. 392; V&A archives]

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