Radford, John

near the Exe-Bridge, Tiverton, Devon; upholder, cabinet maker and chair manufacturer(1815–38)
Recorded at Angel Hill in 1838. Parquetryinlaid mahogany occasional table recorded, with central column with pineapple decoration, and platform base on four scroll feet. Trade label underneath reads: ‘J. RADFORD, UPHOLSTERER, Cabinet and Chair Manufacturer NEAR THE EXE-BRIDGE, TIVERTON. London Paper Hangings, Carpet Warehouse, Floor Cloths &c.’, with the date, ‘March 29th 1822’ written by hand. Radford appears in a list of creditors of John Shuckburgh, clerk, of Sampford Peverel in Exeter Flying Post, 9 March 1815. Submitted a bill to Thomas Clarke on 5 April 1815 for paper, borders and fixing, including ‘satin Paper for two Parlors’; and for repairing ‘Venetian Blinds to front Parlor’, totalling £28 8s ½d. Notice in Exeter Flying Post, 11 December 1834 read: ‘Samuel Dearing, an apprentice to Mr. John Radford, cabinet-maker, Tiverton, was a few days since, so burnt, from the bursting and ignition of the contents of a jar, in which he was preparing polish, as to occasion death.’ [D; V&A archives]