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Barnsley family (per. 1885–1987), architects, designers, and craftspeople, came to prominence with (Arthur) Ernest Barnsley (1863–1926), architect and designer, and Sidney Howard Barnsley (1865–1926), architect and furniture maker. Ernest Barnsley was born on 17 February 1863, the sixth child of ...

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Bulley, Arthur Kilpin (1861–1942), cotton broker and gardener, was born at Montpellier Lodge, Montpellier Crescent, New Brighton, Cheshire, on 10 January 1861, the fourth son and thirteenth of fourteen children of Samuel Marshall Bulley (1811–1880), cotton broker, and his wife, Mary Rachel (1817–1887)...

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Cobb, John (c. 1715–1778), cabinet-maker and upholsterer, is presumably the person of that name put as apprentice in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich upholsterer (Boyd MSS). The Norfolk connection is feasible on account of Cobb's bequeathing in 1778 the interest realized on ...

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Ercolani, Lucian Randolph (1888–1976), furniture designer and manufacturer, was born on 8 May 1888 at Sant' Angelo in Vado, in the Marche, Italy, the eldest son of Abdon Ercolani, a picture framer, and his wife, a dressmaker. He was left in the care of his grandmother when his parents moved to ...

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Gillow family (per. c. 1730–c. 1830), cabinet-makers and upholsterers, came to prominence with Richard [ii] Gillow (1733–1811), the son of Robert [i] Gillow 1702/3–1772 [see below], the founder of the firm. Gillows's reputation as one of the leading British cabinet-making firms of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was established by contributions from some ten members of the family over three generations. The business was established about 1728; in 1813 probably for both economic and social reasons, the ...

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Goodison, Benjamin (c. 1700–1767), cabinet-maker and undertaker, is of unknown parentage, although the surname is common in south Yorkshire. His occupation is first recorded in September 1719 when he signed for £500 from Sarah, duchess of Marlborough, for his master the London cabinet-maker ...

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Hardman family (per. c. 1820–1935), manufacturers of ecclesiastical furnishings, came to prominence via the family firm's association with the architect, designer, and pioneer of the Gothic revival, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812–1852), for whom it executed designs for metalwork, stained glass, and decorative painting. The firm's founder was ...

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Heal, Sir Ambrose (1872–1959), shopkeeper and furniture designer, was born on 3 September 1872 at Crouch End, London, the eldest child of Ambrose Heal (1847–1913), bedding manufacturer and furnisher, and Emily Maria (1849–1938), daughter of Thomas Stephenson of Finchley. Thus he was born into the family firm of ...

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Sir Ambrose Heal (1872–1959) by Edward Irvine Halliday, 1933 © Charlotte & Stephen Halliday; by kind permission of Heal and Son Ltd