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Belchier, John (1717–d. 1753)

A craftsman whose surname might suggest a Huguenot origin. The earliest references to a John ‘Belcher’ are to be found in the accounts of Boughton House, Northants. Between 1687 and 1710 amounts totalling £3,880 are recorded for glass, solder, piping,…

Brown, James (1747–96)

Traded initially at the sign of ‘The King's Arms’ on the south side of St Paul's Churchyard which had been previously used by Christopher Gibson. When numbering was introduced this became 29 St Paul's Churchyard. He was a member of the Joiners’ Co., and a…

Burrough(s) (or Borough(s)), John (1662–c. 1690)

An account dated 17 June 1662 survives, totalling £60 11s, made out to ‘Mr. Clayton and Mr. Morris’ for a ‘large cabinett’, £56 18s and other items. Clayton was knighted Sir Robert in 1671, and made Lord Mayor in 1679; John Morris (Alderman)…

Bywater, John (1803–39)

Recorded at 70 Lower Grosvenor St, 1812–39; as Bywater & Goodbarne at no. 10 in 1835, and no. 70, 1836–37; and as Bywater & Co. at no. 70, 1829–39. Took out a Sun Insurance policy on 27 January 1812 for £3,900 of which £3,000 accounted for stock,…

Chipchase, Robert & Lambert, Robert (1767–88)

At 2 Beak St, Golden Sq., 1767–75 when the address became 28 Warwick St, Golden Sq. The Beak St address was still being used by Robert Chipchase as late as 1787. About 1788 the partnership was dissolved and Robert Lambert formed a new partnership in Beak…

Chippendale, Thomas snr (b. 1718–d. 1779)

Enjoys an international reputation as author of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director and is often described as ‘the Shakespeare of English furniture makers’: his career and achievements have been researched in depth and his name is now…

Dingwall, Alexander (1749–74)

Polled at Westminster in 1749. Declared bankrupt, Gents Mag., May 1753; and sale of stock in trade announced, Public Advertiser, 20 June 1753, consisting of ‘4 Post Mahog. Bedsteads with Printed Cotton furnishings & water-closets, Pier…

Elliott, Charles (1752–d. 1832)

and successors. Charles Elliott was one of the chief London cm of the late 18th century. He held royal appointments from 1783–c. 1810, and was succeeded as royal cm and u by William Francis, his brother-in-law and partner. The firm continued in the royal…

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…

Farrington, Richard snr and jnr (1778–1844)

Recorded at Painter-heugh, 1778–87; Broad Chair, 1787–1806; Farrington's Ct, 8 Bigg Mkt, 1806–44; and also 10 Eldon Pl., 1833–44. Recorded as Richard Farrington & Brothers, 1834–38. [D] Richard Farrington snr advertised in Newcastle…