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Bowker, John (1757-1811)

Bowker, John, London, upholder, carpet, u and bedding warehouse owner (1757–1811). Addresses given at Leather Lane, Holborn in 1772; 127 Holborn in 1774; 29 Cannon St in 1779; 128 Leadenhall St, 1781–84; and 3 Postern Row or Rd, Tower Hill by 1793–1810. An address at 25 Duke St, St James's also given, date unspecified. Son of John Bowker, tanner, Yaxley, Hunts.; app. to Nicholas Parkes, draper, on 6 April 1757, and admitted freeman of the Upholders’ Co. on 6 March 1766. Took out Sun Insurance policies on utensils and stock in 1779 for £750 out of a total of £1,000; in 1781 for £1,630 out of £2,000; and on 21 February 1810 for £1,650 out of £2,000. Probably the John Bowker, upholder of St Andrew's, Holborn, declared bankrupt, Gents Mag., June 1772, and July 1784. [D; GL, Upholders’ Co. records and Livery lists; GL, Sun MS vol. 276, p. 379; vol. 289, p. 19; vol. 451, ref. 841330]

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