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Hopkins, William (1746-74)

Hopkins, William, at the corner of Rood Lane, 15 Fenchurch St, London, freeman joiner, upholder, cm and sworn appraiser (1746–74). Rococo trade card states that he ‘Makes & Sells all sorts of Cabinet Goods, Chairs & Looking Glasses, likewise all sorts of Bedsteads with damask Moreen, Harateen, Chinese Prints, Hollon Check & Linen Furniture, Ticking for Beds & Goose Feathers, with all sorts of Carpets, Wholesale & Retail. NB. Funerals Furnished and Goods Appraised.’ [Banks Coll., BM] Named as a member of the Livery of the Joiners’ Co. in 1750. Notice in the Daily Advertiser, 20 July 1752 reads: ‘On Saturday morning was found dead in her Bed, Mrs. Hopkins, wife of Mr. Hopkins, an eminent Cabinet Maker in Fenchurch Street. She went to bed the night before in good health.’ In 1762, 1763 and 1764 Hopkins employed six non-freemen for three months each year. [D; GL, Joiners’ Co. records, list of Liverymen; GL, City Licence bks, vols 3 and 4]

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