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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…

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…

Goodison, Benjamin (c. 1700–67)

Benjamin Goodison first comes to notice on 7 September 1719 when he signed for money for ‘my master’ James Moore from the Duchess of Marlborough. [BL, Add. MS 61354, f.76; Ian Caldwell in The Antique Collector, May 1986, p. 96] Further on 1 April 1720 he…

Phill, Thomas (1700–d.1728)

Free of the Upholders’ Co., 23 September 1700. Took as app. Thomas Collins of St Ives, Hunts. 2 June 1709 and he was made free, 4 November 1719. In partnership with Jeremiah Fletcher, 1713–18. Died in 1728, and on 24 May an auction sale of his household…

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…

Williams, Henry (1717–58)

In 1717 he was occupying a brick house and workshop on the south side of Long Acre, abutting the east side of Bagnio Walk. This property he insured for £250. His trade was given as ‘joyner’ but it is clear that from an early stage he was strongly involved…