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Colombine, Paul (1721-86)

Colombine, Paul, Norwich, u (1721–86). Son of Francis Colombine of Norwich, physician. App. to William Braithwaite of London 8 April 1714 and admitted a freeman of the Upholders’ Co. by servitude on 2 August 1721. Admitted a freeman of Norwich 19 June 1727 but was already trading in Norwich before this date. An insurance policy taken out on 8 October 1726 for £500 included £400 in respect of stock. The address on the policy is listed as parish of St Simon though by 1735 he had moved to the parish of St Peter Mancroft. In 1745 he took an app. named Richer; in 1751 another named Withers; and in 1754 one named Marks. Other apps were Isaac Hoyle (free 3 May 1753), William Notloy (free 3 May 1760) and William Bracey (free 14 April 1781). Hoyle was taken app. jointly with Woodhouse Harmer which might suggest some form of business relationship at this period. Colombine is mentioned in the Holkham Hall, Norfolk accounts. In 1743 he was paid £1 8s for a mahogany chair with leather seat, £1 1s for a dressing glass and also supplied another mahogany chair, rush seated, and some curtains. In 1757 he was again involved at Holkham on upholstery work. [GL, Upholders’ Co. records; GL, Sun MS vol. 22, p. 377; Norwich freemen reg.; S of G, app. index; V & A archives; C. Life, 14 February 1980, p. 427; poll bk]

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