Fenchurch Street, London; cabinet maker and upholsterer (1773–1800)
The son of James Allen of Hereford, clerk. Apprenticed to Samuel Severn on 26 July 1752 and to John Trotter, joiner, on 15 July 1756. Admitted freeman of the Upholders’ Co. on 7 April 1763 and master in 1799.
Initially he traded from 133 Fenchurch Street and by 1782 was at no. 50.
In 1780 he insured with the Sun Fire Office with total cover of £700 of which £470 was for utensils and stock.
Subscribed to Sheraton's Drawing Book, 1793.
His son George took over the business c. 1800. In 1802 John was recorded living at Greenwich. He supplied furniture to Penrice Castle, Glamorgan. [Guildhall Library, Upholders’ Company records; London Metropolitan Archive (LMA) Sun MS vol. 287, p. 138; Country Life, 25 September 1975].