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Simpson, Michael (1762-70)

Simpson, Michael, ‘The Royal Tent’, on the Bridge, Leeds, Yorks., upholder, appraiser and undertaker (1762–70). App. to Alderman Farrer of York and then moved to London. By January 1762 he had returned from London and set up in business in Leeds. He opened a shop at the sign of ‘The Royal Tent’ on the Bridge in Leeds to ‘serve all Persons with Bedsteads, Feather Beds, Mattresses and Bedding; Silk and Worsted Damasks, Furniture Stuffs, Cottons, Linens and Checks; Carpets, Matting and Matts of all Sorts’. He also dealt in other household goods and furniture and kept ‘a great Variety of Paper Hangings, Chimney-Boards, Ornaments for Halls, Staircases, Ceilings etc., and will hang and furnish the same in the Genteelest Taste’. His invoice dated 18 November 1770 exists for materials, hangings, wallpaper and bedding supplied to Temple Newsam House. His trade card [Leeds Local Hist. Lib.] has a fine Rococo surround which is identical except for the trade sign, to that of John Potts an upholder who traded at Toddington, Beds. and London, 1761–1800. [Leeds Intelligencer, 26 January 1762; Leeds archives dept, TN EA 12/5]

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