Skip to main content

Farmb(o)rough, William (1749–1777)

Farmb(o)rough (Farnborough or Farnbrough), William

London; cabinet maker & upholsterer (fl.1749–77)

Recorded in North Audley St, 1749–55; and St George, Hanover Sq., 1754–61. Polled at Westminster in 1749. Subscribed to Chippendale's Director, 1754. Took apprentices named Lewis (1752); Owen Farnham, Fearnan or Featham (1754) for £10 10s; Garbutt (1758); and an unnamed apprentice in 1761.

Supplied furniture to Lord Irwin for Temple Newsam House, Leeds, in 1773, including a mahogany bedstead and trays of various types. His bill totalled £72 15s. Provided Sir John Griffin Griffin at Audley End, Essex, with two mahogany dumbwaiters costing £3.

He was appointed upholsterer to the Great Wardrobe after the death of William France in 1777. After William Farnborough’s death (date not known) he was succeeded first by his wife, Hannah, and then his daughter, Lucy Smith and her first husband, John Gilroy, as upholsterers supplying the Royal Household.

Sources: DEFM; Kirkham, ‘The London Furniture Trade’, Furniture History (1988); Castle, ‘The France Family of Upholsterers and Cabinet-Makers’, Furniture History (2005).

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