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Cobb, John (c. 1715– 78)

John Cobb was presumably the one of that name put app. in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich u, for £45. [GL, Boyd's app. lists, vol. VI, p. 1155] Some support for a Norfolk origin appears in Cobb's will [PRO, Prob. 11/1044, f. 314] in which, in a codicil of…

Cullen, James (1754–79)

Listed in London directories between 1765 and 1779. Nothing is known of his background before 1754 when, together with ‘several of the principal wrights in Edinburgh’ he advertised the formation of the Edinburgh Upholstery, Joiner and…

Linnell, William (b. c. 1703–d. 1763)

William Linnell was the son of a yeoman, John Linnell of Hemel Hempstead, Herts. He went to London in 1717 to serve his apprenticeship with Michael Savage, a member of the Joiners’ Co. In 1719 he was turned over to John Townshend with whom he completed…

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…

Sidney, Benjamin (1700–07)

Known in connection with materials supplied to and work done for the Duchess of Buccleuch. In 1700 paid £16 0s 11d for furnishings at Moor Park, Herts. Material was supplied for ‘Her Grace's blue & gold chairs’ and linen to line ‘Indian…

Smith, Mary (1774–90)

Her trade bill of 1774 refers to the business as a ‘Carpet, Bedding, and Upholstery Warehouse’ but her billhead used in 1790 states ‘Wholesale & Retail Carpet, Cabinet & …

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…

Wade, George (1819–26)

‘Successor to the late Mr. Owen’, possibly Richard Owen who is recorded in Nantwich, 1808–14. By February 1819 George Wade was well established at an address opposite the Hospital St End, High Town. Subsequent addresses are given as High Town in 1822 and…