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Bradburn(e), John (1750–d. 1781)

Bradburne held the Royal Warrant of ‘Upholsterer to his Majesty and Cabinet-Maker to the Great Wardrobe’ and was responsible for supplying considerable quantities of furniture and furnishings to the Royal Household between 1764 and 1777. His…

Cobb, John (c. 1715– 78)

John Cobb was presumably the one of that name put app. in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich u, for £45. [GL, Boyd's app. lists, vol. VI, p. 1155] Some support for a Norfolk origin appears in Cobb's will [PRO, Prob. 11/1044, f. 314] in which, in a codicil of…

Edmundson, Richard (1779–1839)

Admitted freeman of Lancaster, 1779–80, when stated ‘of Liverpool’, and polled at Lancaster in 1784. Addresses given in partnership with Robert Edmundson at Castle Ditch in 1781; as Edmundson & Fayrer at 26 Castle Ditch, 1785–91; as Edmundson, Fayrer…

Elward, George & Marsh, William (1774–1840)

WILLIAM MARSH. The earliest record of his name that has appeared so far is an entry for insurance cover of £1,500 in 1774 [GL, Sun MS vol. 236, ref. 348625] where he is described as ‘upholder … near Charles Street in Mount…

Gillow (c. 1730–after 1840)

The name ‘Gillow’ has been firmly associated with furniture making from at least the 1730s until the present day, though the active participation of the Gillow family ceased in the early 19th century. The firm was based in Lancaster though a full London…

Mayhew, John and Ince, William (1736–d. 1811)

and Ince, William (d. 1804), London, cm. The partnership of John Mayhew and William Ince (1758/59–1804) was one of the most significant, probably the…

Podmore, William (b.1779–d.1832)

Free on 9 December 1809. Claimed to have been employed by Joseph Powell for twenty years in his business in Eastgate St, Chester and to have been for eight years his ‘foreman and prime superintendent’. No Joseph Powell has been traced, but a John Powell…

Salisbury, John snr and jnr (1770–1814)

John Salisbury snr opened a cabinet and upholstery warehouse at Fore St in October 1770. This appears to have adjoined the French Church. He offered to furnish ‘houses for Ladies and Gentlemen at an easy per cent per annum’ and…

Seddon, George (1753–1868)

The firm of Seddon was the largest furniture-making firm in London in the last quarter of the 18th century when it employed more people, held more extensive stocks and produced a wider-range of goods than any other furnituremaking business It remained of…