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Adair, William Robert (1777–85)

Initially carried on his business from 26 Wardour St, Soho, which had been earlier used by John Adair. In 1799 he was trading from 55 King St, Golden Sq., but by 1802 the business had transferred to 47 Brewer St, opposite Gt Pulteney St. A trade label…

Armitage, William (1769–79)

In September 1769 announced that he had moved his shop from Kirkgate to ‘the Back of the Shambles where Mr Joseph Wilson, Book seller lately dwells’. From the new address he offered a large assortment of paper hangings, fabrics, carpets and…

Austin, Cornelius snr (c. 1660–1704)

Cornelius Austin is better known for the fixed joinery work that is found in many of the Cambridge colleges such as King's Chapel, Emmanuel Chapel and the Wren Library at Trinity. He was employed regularly by St John's College from 1682, mainly for…

Austin, Cornelius jnr (c. 1698–d. 1729)

It would appear that he worked for his father, although a few individual payments are recorded in his name, the earliest noted being in 1698 when Trinity College paid ‘young Austin’ for work in the Combination Room. From 1704 the payments made by St John'…

Aycliffe (or Ayliffe), Thomas jnr (1760–d. 1805)

‘Turner in Ordinary to his MAJESTY’. Originally at the corner of Gt Newport St but by 1762 had moved to 49 Wardour St which he used as ware rooms. He also occupied ‘The King's Arms’, Gerrard St, near Newport Mkt from this date. Married in October…

Bailey, Edward (1809–40)

In 1826 he endorsed the prefatory recommendation in Nicholson's Practical Cabinet Maker as ‘Manufacturer to His Majesty’, and is recorded in London directories between 1809 and 1840. He is frequently named in the Royal Household accounts as…

Baines, Henry (1739–84)

Admitted freeman as a joiner, 1739–40, and took eighteen app. joiners and cm between 3 September 1744 and 15 October 1785. On account of his ‘declining business’, a sale of his stock in trade began on Monday 18 February 1782, and was ‘to continue until…

Baudvine (or Baudovin) (1683–84)

Recorded in the Royal Household accounts supplying ‘a bed … 6 curtains, 3 cantoons, 3 bases, 1 coronidem, 2 cases for columns of the tester, 2 head panels, coverlet, 4 interior cantroons, 4 cups, 2 armchair…

Bealing, Richard (1672–1711)

Named frequently in the Royal Household accounts between 1688–1711, supplying bedding, cushions, upholstered furniture, curtains etc. for the Houses of Parliament, Hampton Court, Kensington and Whitehall Palaces and Windsor…

Bell, Daniel (1725–31)

Supplied furniture and upholstery to the Duke of Montrose between 1725–29 including a large mahogany oval table and frame, £6 15s, six walnut chairs with scarlet lace seats, £10 4s, a mahogany tea table…