20 October 2017

British and Irish Furniture Makers Online

The prototype database on this website focuses on information drawn from two sources – a digital re-publication of Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert eds. The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 (1986), and the membership records of The Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers from 1640 to 1720.
Search by the whole record, name, place, occupation and active date (beginning and ending).
Information returned is a few lines, for example:

Sandham, John

Northwood, Sussex; (1678)
Joiners' Company Apprentice
Apprenticeship 1678
Son of Frances Sandham, Yeoman, of Northwood, Sussex. Apprenticed to John King for 8 years, from 15 May 1678.

Future phases of the project will make available information drawn from many different kinds of historical sources. The database is freely accessible to all.

via a tweet from Jane MacNamara.

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