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Billups, William (1664-88)

Billups, William, Cambridge, joiner (1664–1688). William Billups is first recorded when, with his father Richard and Cornelius Austin, he signed a contract on 10 January 1664 with Pembroke College to undertake the wainscoting and joinery work for the interior of the new Chapel. Payments are recorded in the accounts of Christ's College to William Billups between 1682–88. Most are for general joinery work but on 23 January 1682/83 he was paid £5 10s for a ‘dozen and a half Chair frames for ye College Parlour, and for one great Chair frame and for new Tables there’. The chairs were upholstered in leather by Thomas Peters. The tables would appear to have been ‘Four Spanish tables’ listed in the Parlour in an inventory of 1688. [Willis & Clark, Architectural History of the University of Cambridge; archives of Christ's College; Cambridge Royal Commission on Historical Monuments] See Thomas Peters. R. W.

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