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Grange, Charles (1710-63)

Grange, Charles, ‘The Royal Bed’, Snow Hill, London, u and cm (1710–63). Free of the Upholders’ Co., 13 September 1710, and master in 1748. Took as apps William Horsley, 1717–29; Barry Johnson, 1732–40; James Grange, his son, 1740–49; William Hunter, 1741–49; Richard Wallin, 1747–54; John Stephens, 1750–58; James Wootton, 1754–62; William Pinckney, 1755–66; and Joseph Graham, 1755–63. This would seem to suggest that the business was at its most active in the 1740s and 50s. The only insurance record located is for 1723 and on 16 January of that year cover for goods and merchandise in his dwelling house was £500. Associated with Thomas Cooke, who in 1746 advertised his intention of going into partnership with ‘Mr Nash at the Royal Bed, Holbourn-Bridge’. Thus Grange is associated with Cooke in the furnishing of the new Mansion House. Trade card [Heal Coll., BM] with a fine Rococo frame, shows that in the latter years of the business he took his son James into partnership. At this period Charles Grange & Son offered ‘all Sorts of Four Post & Standing Beds … Feather Beds, Chairs, Tables, Glasses, Bureaus, Chests of Drawers, Carpets, Quilts, Blankets, Damasks. Harrateens &c’ also a ‘Variety of Paper Hangings & Furniture Checks’. They also acted as undertakers. By 1767 James Grange was trading on his own account from 96 High Holborn. [D; GL, Upholders’ Co. records; Sun MS vol. 16, ref. 30965; Conn., December 1952, p. 181; Heal]

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