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Fawkes, John (1754–57)

Advertised in Oxford Gazette and Reading Mercury, 29 April and 3 June 1754; and on 2 May 1757 that he ‘has continually fresh Goods coming in of the best of every Sort, being resolved to keep great Choice, and to supply his Customers as cheap as they can…

Grange, Charles (1710–63)

Free of the Upholders’ Co., 13 September 1710, and master in 1748. Took as apps William Horsley, 1717–29; Barry Johnson, 1732–40; James Grange, his son, 1740–49; William Hunter, 1741–49; Richard Wallin, 1747–54; John Stephens, 1750–58; James Wootton, 1754…

Hodson, John (1709–86)

Son of Thomas Hodson, innholder of Lincoln. App. to Thomas Arne jnr on 23 February 1709, and admitted freeman of the Upholders’ Co. by servitude on 3 December 1718. Took app. named Lawrence Rudyard, 1733–45. [GL, Upholders’ Co. records] Appears to have…

Hunter, William (1755–c.1760)

Rococo trade card, c.1760, states that he ‘Makes after the Newest Fashion all sorts of Four Post & Standing Beds. Likewise Sells all sorts of Upholstery & Cabinet Goods… Feather Beds, Chair…

Nickson, Samuel (1802–27)

Listed also at Commercial Buildings in 1816. Free 3 July 1802. Subscribed to Sheraton's Cabinet Dictionary, 1803. Developed an extensive business and in 1815 claimed to be employing workmen from Gillows, and Tatham & Co., London. In that…

Vile, William (c. 1700/05–d. 1767)

William Vile was born early in the 18th century, probably in Somerset. A search of local records shows the name of Vile in profusion, but it may always elude us as to which William Vile of the many the cm was. The problem will perhaps only be solved by…