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Freeman, Edward (1760-1803)

Freeman, Edward, Norwich, cm and chairmaker (1760–1803). On 19 April 1760 Edward Freeman, cm, son of Edward Freeman, carpenter was admitted a freeman of Norwich. He is recorded in the Norwich poll bk of 1768. The Norwich Chronicle, 11 September 1779 carried the advertisement ‘Now SELLING OFF at PRIME COST, at Freeman's Cabinet and Chair Warehouse, at the back of the Inns, Norwich, All Sorts of Goods in the Cabinet and Chair Branches; consisting of Mahogany and Wainscot Dining Tables of all Sizes, Tea, Card and Dressing Tables of all Sorts, Mahogany and Wainscot Desks, Book-cases, Bureaus and Chests of Drawers of all Sorts, forty Dozen of Mahogany and other Chairs of various Patterns, Tea Chests and Tea Trays, Variety of Jamb and Dressing Glasses, neat Oval Sconces, gilt Frames of the newest Patterns, Bureau and Four-post Bedsteads, and Bedding of all Sorts, handsom Beaufets new and second-hand and many other Articles in the Cabinet and Chair Trade’.

The Rev. James Woodforde, Rector of Weston Longueville, Norfolk, noted in his diary for October 1779, that Freeman at the Back of the Inns, Norwich, supplied him with ‘2 sets of Chest of Drawers in Mahogany, a Chest of Drawers of Ditto and half a Dozen new Ash Chairs for my Kitchen pd in Part 1; 1;0’. He subsequently paid Freeman £10 15s.

Chase's Directory, 1783 records him at no. 20 Back of the Inns but from Bailey's British Directory, 1784 up to his last entry in Peck's Norwich Directory, 1803 he is recorded at no. 16. [Norwich freemen admission reg.; Antique Collector, December 1953; The Diary of James Woodforde] R.W.

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