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Astle, Thomas snr (1743-82)

Astle, Thomas snr, Eastgate St, Chester, cm (1743–d. 1782). Son of Edward Astle of Frodsham, Cheshire, yeoman. App. to John Dutton, joiner, 1738–40 and also to Edward Bromley, cm. Admitted freeman by servitude, 20 January 1745. Held the position of Sheriff, 1754–55, and Mayor, 1766–67. On 25 August 1749 took out insurance cover of £400 which included £100 on a workhouse and stable and £50 for stock. Although these sums appear fairly modest the business was probably substantial judging from the number of apps taken on. These commenced in 1743 with Wright. In 1750 three apps were accepted named Johnson, Bennet and Robert Hankey. Another, Richard Gorse Ogleby followed in 1775. Probably the ‘Alderman Astle’ listed at Eastgate St in 1781. Died on 15 February 1782. [Chester app. bks; freemen rolls; reg. of mayors and sheriffs; GL, Sun MS vol. 86, ref. 117513; S of G, app. index; poll bk]

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.