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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,…

Channon, John (b. 1711–d. c. 1783)

In the 18th century there were many Channons living in Exeter and Tiverton, and it is not always possible to establish their precise relationship to each other. However, it is likely that John was the younger brother of Otho, an Exeter chair…

Crook, Benjamin snr (1732–50)

Although he was not elected freeman of the Joiners’ Co. until 13 September 1734 it is clear that he was trading earlier than this date. On 30 December 1732 he took out insurance cover of £300 which included not only his household goods but…

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…

Folker, William (1784–1808)

Trading at Corn Mkt in 1808. Furnished the rooms of Lord William Russell, younger brother of the 5th and 6th Dukes of Bedford, at Christchurch, Oxford, where he was a student, 1784–87. In November 1784 Folker provided a tent bedstead with blue…

Freeman, Edward (1760–1803)

On 19 April 1760 Edward Freeman, cm, son of Edward Freeman, carpenter was admitted a freeman of Norwich. He is recorded in the Norwich poll bk of 1768. The Norwich Chronicle, 11 September 1779 carried the advertisement ‘Now SELLING OFF at PRIME COST, at…

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…

Granger, Hugh (1692–1706)

In 1692 was churchwarden of St Mary's Church, Aldermanbury. Ceased trading in 1706 when he advertised that his stock ‘may be bought of Cabinet Work & Glasses; the House being let to another trade & must be cleared of all the goods in…

Haupt, Georg (b. 1741–d. 1784)

Georg Haupt was born in Stockholm on 10 August 1741. His father, Elias Haupt, was a master cm whose position in the Cabinet-Makers’ Guild appears to have entitled his son to preferential treatment. The young man was app. at thirteen, some…

Hildebrand

—, temporarily in London, ‘Proprietor and Maker of the most Magnificent Cabinet in the World’. A notice, c. 1780, advertised the spectacle of his extraordinary cabinet at ‘Mr. Jerom Johnson's, Cut-Glass Warehouse, opposite the “…