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Fry, Mary (1772–1778)

Fry, Mary

The Parade, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Tunbridge-ware maker (fl.1772–78)

From 1772-74, Mary Fry rented a shop on the Parade in Tunbridge Wells where she sold ‘toys’, which in the Tunbridge context normally means woodwares. In October 1778 she provided a loom, frame and broom for Gertrude, Dowager Duchess of Bedford. The bill for this is endorsed ‘for Tunbridge ware’, and totals £2 2s. She died in 1793.

It is not known if she was related to John Fry.

Sources: DEFM; Austen, ‘Table by Tunbridge Ware Makers’, Furniture History (1997); Austen, ‘Tunbridge Wares with Royal Connections’, FHS Newsletter (May 2015).

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