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Allin, William, Newark, Notts., cm (1770–88). Insured with the Sun Fire Office in 1776 for a total of £1,000 of which £400 was for utensils and stock.

Anderton, Henry, Liverpool, cm and upholder (1811–19). In 1811 traded from 18 Sir Thomas Buildings and in the same year is recorded at 2 Marble St with a partner called Jamieson.

Anson, G., Broadmead, Bristol, carver and gilder (before 1798). Ceased business in June 1798 when his stock and tools were sold by auction.

Armitrage, —, address unrecorded. Named in the Holkham Hall accounts, 1739, in connection with the supply of a dressing table ‘for my Lord’ at £2 12s 6d, and a mahogany ‘voider & pail’. [V & A archives]

Atkinson, Thomas, 38 and 39 Ludgate Hill, London, cm, u and undertaker (1820–24). Initially trading as Loader & Atkinson. The premises were at the corner of the ‘Belle Sauvage’, an important London coaching inn.

Bailey, Thomas, Conduit St, Hanover Sq., London, upholder and cm (1766–74). On 17 November 1766 he sent Mr Bennet a bill for ‘a neat mahogany Pembroke table — £2 9s.’ plus oddments totalling 2s 6d.

Baines, Henry, Lancaster, joiner and cm (1739–84). Admitted freeman as a joiner, 1739–40, and took eighteen app. joiners and cm between 3 September 1744 and 15 October 1785.

Baker, Barnard, Covent Gdn, London, upholder and cm (1751–d. 1796). Trading in King St in 1776 and at 23 Bedford St, 1778–96. Son of John Baker of Shelley, Essex, farmer. App. to Elizabeth Hutt, widow of J. Hutt, clothworker.

Banks, —, address unrecorded (1750). Cited in the Holkham Hall accounts in 1750 as being paid £2 2s for a mahogany dining table, and £9 for a small wainscot table.

Banting, France & Co., 27 St James's St, London, cm and u (1813–40).

Barber, John, Coney St, next to ‘The Black Swan’, York, turner, maker of ladies's spinning wheels, fire screens, writing tables etc. (1785–1806). Advertised in York Courant, 23 August 1785.

Barker, Robert snr, at the ‘Sopha Dome Beds’, Petergate, York, u, appraiser and undertaker (b. 1706–d. 1781). Subscribed to Chippendale's Director, 1754. Son of John Barker, u of Petergate, bapt.

Baron, William jnr, Whimple St, facing Broad St, Plymouth, Devon, cm, u, auctioneer, appraiser, undertaker, patent mangle and household furniture dealer (1822–26).

Barton, I., address unrecorded. Between 15 February and 10 March 1798 supplied a mahogany Pembroke table and four ‘Camber’ chairs, and cleaned ‘the bookcase & bureau of ink etc’, for Stourhead. [Wilts. RO, MS 383/5/1]

Bayles, Lucy, address unrecorded, cm and u (1745–46). Carried out work for Robert Nugent of Gosfield Hall, Essex, for his London house in Dover St.

Beautility (formerly Sadovsky, S)

London; cabinet makers (fl.1896-1982)

Beckwith, Samuel, snr and jnr

101 St Martin's Lane, London; cabinet makers and upholders (fl.1774–1812)

Beckwith, William, 101 St Martin's Lane, London, cm and u (1789). A relative, possibly son of Samuel Beckwith.

Bedwell, William, the Butter Mkt, Ipswich, Suffolk, joiner and cm (1723–42). As only joiner he took out a Sun Insurance policy on 6 January 1723 for £200 on his dwelling house in the parish of St Stephen.

Belcher & Gray, London, cm and u (1769–81). Addresses given at Brownlow St, Holborn, 1769–83, and Poultney St, Golden Sq., 1783–84. In 1779 supplied beds and bedding for Sir John Griffin Griffin's London house in New Burlington St.

Belcher, Thomas, 25 Gt Portland St, London, upholder and undertaker (1783). Took out a Sun Insurance policy in 1783 for £300 of which utensils and stock accounted for £213. [GL, Sun MS vol. 313, p.