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Abel, John (1578/9–1675), master carpenter, was probably born and lived at Sarnesfield, Herefordshire. A Catholic recusant, he was brought before a church court in 1618 for contracting a secret marriage with his wife, Johanna. She was still alive in 1640, when she appeared in a list of recusants with her husband. Few other facts are known about ...

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Atkinson, Thomas (bap. 1729, d. 1798), architect and mason, was baptized on 22 June 1729 at Holy Trinity Church, King's Court, York, the son of Thomas Atkinson (d. 1765), a mason, and his wife, Jane Marshall. He worked with his father on ...

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Dagnall, Charles (d. 1774?), colliery owner and ivory comb maker, is a figure about whom biographical details are sparse. He lived at Eccleston on the edge of what became the industrial town of St Helens in Lancashire. Many people with the name of ...

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Herland, Hugh (d. 1406?), master carpenter, was the presumed son of William Herland (d. 1375), master carpenter to Edward III. William first appears c.1332 as a sawyer of moulds at St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster, where William Hurley was master carpenter. He was also employed at the ...

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Hurley, William (d. 1354), master carpenter, is first recorded c.1315 in the exchequer plea rolls, among a list of London craftsmen acting as 'sureties' on behalf of imprisoned masons employed at the king's manor of Eltham, Kent. Although no works can be associated with ...

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Keating, George (1762–1842), engraver and bookseller, was the son of the Roman Catholic bookseller Patrick Keating (1723/4–1816) and his wife, Julia Golightly (d. 1812). He was apprenticed to the engraver William Dickinson, and between 1775 and 1776 exhibited three chalk drawings with the ...

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Owen, Nicholas [St Nicholas Owen, called Little John, Little Michael] (d. 1606), carpenter and Jesuit lay brother, was born in Oxford, probably in St Peter le Bailey. On 2 February he was apprenticed for eight years to William Conway, an Oxford joiner. He sometimes used the aliases ...

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Tildesley, Christopher (fl. 1384–1414), goldsmith, was probably born in the 1360s, but his birth date and family are unknown. He is first recorded in 1384, when he was apprenticed to a London goldsmith, John Grenefeld, on payment of 2s. to the Goldsmiths' Company...