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Fidoe, Thomas (1708-1731)

Fidoe, Thomas

London and Kingston, Surrey; upholder (fl.1708–31)

Thomas Fidoe was an apprentice of Henry Winton, admitted a freeman of the Upholders’ Company on 1 September 1708. Three years later he was at ‘The Three Golden Chairs’, over against the Saddlers’ Hall and Half Moon Tavern, in Cheapside (1711–1731). He purchased a Sun Insurance policy on 15 March 1714 on his goods; and apprenticed William Barlow (1719–26).

In 1721 he advertised his stock of ‘Beds ready made … made full fashionable and as well as if bespoke, from nine to thirteen foot high, more or less if required' [The London Journal, 20 May 1721; Guildhall Library, Upholders’ Company records; Sun MS vol. 3, ref. 3771; Apollo, February 1960, p. 34; Heal; Harris, Old English Furniture, p. 21]. 

He was possibly related to (or the same upholder) Thomas Fidoe at ‘The Old Red Lyon Inn’, Kingston, Surrey, who purchased three Hand-in-Hand Insurance policies on 26 June 1723: £200 on a house on the west side of the market; £200 on a house abutting; and £200 on a house nearby [Guildhall Library, Hand in Hand MS vol. 27, p. 183].

Source: DEFM

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