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One of the leading business men of Hull, and one of the most
generous supporters of the Newlands Cottage Hospital.
Mr, William Richardson
Died At his residence , Linden Villa,
the Park, yesterday morning.
The deceased gentleman, who had reached the age of 88 years, was the head of the firm of
Messrs. Richardson and Sons Cabinet Makers and Upholsters , 31&85 Bond Street, a business which was established by his father in Dagger Lane in 1812. In due time his three sons John and William and Joseph , were taken into the firm , which gained a reputation extending all over the country. The transfer to the Bond Street premises was made in 1866 .The firm has the honour of holding the Royal Appointment, as all who pass along the street can see, and the history of which is worth repeating.
When the late Queen Victoria with price consort visited the city in 1854, to Mr. William Richardson was allotted the responsible work of designing and preparing the Throne room at the Station Hotel . The three chairs for Her Majesty Prince Albert and the Prince of Wales, carved in wood and richly gilt, and covered with crimson silk velvet, were all the manufacture of this firm, says H.J.P. in "Ashore and Afloat" and were afterwards presented by them to the corporation as a momento of the happy occasion.
When later the Prince and the Princess of Wales were on a visit to the mansion of Mr. Christopher Sykes Brantinghamthorp, so striking was the success of the decorations that the Princes inquired what London firm had done the work. "It is the work of a Hull firm" was the reply of Mr. Sykes .What can I do for them said the prince. If it pleases your Royal Highness you can make them your upholsterers for Hull . Good said the Prince then I will.
Mr. William Richardson to an enduring interest in the Sailor Orphans and he not only gave £1200 to build the William Richardson Home at Newlands, but also expressed a desire to completely furnish it .
The Hull Royal Infirmary, The Children's Hospital, and other philanthropic institutions have also enjoyed his generosity. Though a bachelor, he had a whole hearted love for children and during his summer visits to Filey the annual outing of the children was a "Day of Days for him".
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