Richadson & Sons, Cabinet Makers
A note from the obituary 22/7/1907 of his son William Richardson
of Linden Villas, the Park, states that:-
Thomas Richardson started his cabinet making in Dagger Lane Hull
in 1812 and move to Bond Street in 1866. with works in
Albion St.and Waltham St. and timber yard in Baker St.
however a trade directory shows it was a early as 1840.
1816 Holy Trinity church christening records
Henry Richarson's christening father Thomas Richardson, cabinet maker Castle St.
And 1818 Cabinet maker, Myton district.
Thomas Richardson, Smith's Place, Castle St.
1829 Pigots Directory Cabinet Makers
Thomas Richardson Smith's Place
1833 directory by Edward Baines
Thomas Richardson,(and Wm Smith) Cab mkr. of Cockpit Yard, 6 Castle St.
1834 Smiths' Place , Castle St
1838 directory by Willian White
Thomas Richardson Smith's Place
Joseph Richardson 19 Bowl Alley Lane
Richardson and Spencer 19 Bowl Alley Lane
1840 Trade directory shows
Richardson and Son at 34 Bond St,
1851 General Directory and Topography of Hull
Richardson and Sons 33,34,35 bond St.
Cabinet makers, unholsterers, Undertakers
1854 April 28th Hull Packet and East Riding Times
To Cabinet Makers
Wanted several good workmen
Apply to Richardson & Sons, 34, Bond street
To Wood Carvers
Two good Workmen wanted
Apply to Richardson & Sons, 34, Bond street
1854 Dec 22nd
Subsciptions to Patriotic Fund £ s d
Richardson & Sons, Cabinet makers 4 4 0
Ditto workmen employed at their works in Bond Street 7 11 0
Ditto workmen employed at their works in Castle Street 4 11 6
Thomas Richardson and Sons furnished the
Hull Packet 20 Oct 1854
"Throne Room" of the Station Hotel for the Royal Visit of
Queen Victoria in 1854 and was according to Bulmers Gazetter 1892 was
"One of the largest upholsterers
and funiture manufacturers in England."
Visit of Prince Albert
Amongst the more prominent decorations were;
Messrs Richardson and Sons, upholsterers, had their large establishment
ornamented with Laurel leaves, illuminated stars, &c.,
and also a full length portrait of her Majesty.
1855 Melville's Directory ,
Carvers and Gilders
Richardson and Sons 33-35 Bond Street
1858 Dec large advert
Richardson & Sons, 32,33,34,35 Bond Street,
Manufactory and Timber Yards Little Albion Street, Waltham Street.
Hull Packet 28 Jan 1858
Messers. RICHARDSON & SONS have, at the request of several of their customers,
in addition to their first-class goods, manufactured a class of Furniture for
Bed-rooms and Sitting-roomns of a more plain and less expensive kind,
but of well-seasoned wood ...
Hull Packet 3rd Aug 1860
On Saterday last Messrs Richardson and sons,Cabinet Manufacturers,
and upholsterers, bond Street, afforded their workmen, upwards of one hundred,
the pleasure of a trip to Bridlington Quay, where they were regaled with a
substantial repast, to which they did every justice, and returned in the evening.
33-35 Bond Street shop only
Probably following the death of Thomas Richardson Snr,
21 sep 1855 the 3 brothers moved to Belgrave Terrace.
Hull Packet 10 Oct 1862
Hull General Infermary
The comittee of maagment beg to express thier gratfull acknowlegments
for the reciept of the sum of £43 16s 5d
---: Messrs J Richardson and Sons £2 16s 8d
(also made donations of
£2 16s in Jan 1868
£4 8s 4d in Dec 1869 )
Hull Packet 5th June 1863
Funeral of S H Egington
the undertakers were Messrs Richardson and Sons, Hull
Hull Packet 19 may 1865
Workmen and their Employees
On Saterday last a handsome silver trowel was presented to
Mr Joseph Richardson of the firm Richardson and Sons, Bond Street,
on the occasion of his laying the foundation stone of new workshops
behind their premisses in Bond Street.
The presentation was accompanied by an address by one of their employees
on behalf of the others. It expressed their deep appreciation not only of the progress
which the business of the establishment had made, but also the good will of the employees.
They wished the firm success in their present undertaking, and a long life
to reap the benifit of their business.
Mr Richardson made an appropriate reply, after which the men and their friends
partook of a dinner provided by Messrs Richardson and Sons.
Undertakers for Robert Wells, town Clerk
5th may 1871
Tender for Funiture to School board
Being the only firm to present a sample as reqired
Messrs Richardson and sons Tender recommed for acceptance.
Hull Packet 2nd April 1875
Funeral of Miss Sykes
Messrs Richardson & Sons, undertakers, Bond St. Hull
York Herald 8 Oct 1880
Hull Town Council
Mssrs. Richardson and Son, upholsterers, of Bond-street, Hull,
to present to tbe Corporation the three state chairs used by the Queen,
Prince Consort, and the Prince of Wales on their visit to the town in 1854.
The offer was accepted with thanks.
1892 directory has 85 and 35 Bond St
1892 Bulmers' Street diectory
Richardson and Sons Cabinet Makers
31-35 Bond St.
Richardson and sons Cabinet works
Lt. Albion St.
William Richadson 63 Spring Bank
W. Richardson Timber Yard Baker St./Union St.
From Bulmers Gazetter 1892
The importation of wood goods has, irrespective of the building
requirements of the town, been favourable to the development of
the furniture trade, and for many years first-class cabinet making
firms have produced goods fully equal to the best made
The principal firm is that of Messrs. Richardson & Sons, in Bond Street,
reputed to be the largest in the Kingdom.
Yorkshire Gazette 3rd March 1894
Richardson & Sons, Cabinet Manufcturers
31,32,33,34 and 35 Bond Streetm Hull
Great clearance of Furniture
By 1851 its clear the Firm of Richardson and sons had become a major player
in the supply of high class furniture by expansion in Bond street.
an further enhanced from about 1855 by patronage of Sir Clifford and Lady Constable
(a seal of approval as good locally as by Royal appointment?)
Following the death of Lady constable, in 1862, the Richardson's good fortune was
further enhanced by Constable's new Mistress "Lady Rosina" who is said to have
spent £11,000 with the firm
to furnish Dunbar House her "Love Nest" in Twickenham, London.
Note: more about The Constable court case can be found in
An indication as to her extravigance with Richardson on Sons came to light in 1871
, following the death of Sir Clifford Constable,
when it became clear that Constable Estate was near to Bankruptsy.
In a Chancery Hearing followed to apportion debts between Lady Rosina and
Sir Cliffords Heirs.
At Which the many trade suppliers where forced to provide a detailed account
of items supplied.
Buton Constable Hall, by Ivan and Elizabeth Hall ISBN 1-872167-22-5
from Hutton Press and Hull City Museums and Art Galleries
1863 History of Hull by James Joseph Sheahan
My thanks to Arthur G. Gredland of Hull Museums for appraising me of
James Joseph Sheahan's Book The History of Kingston Upon Hull
To the credit of Hull we must place the largest furniture
manufactory in the kingdom, viz., that of
Messr. Richardson and Sons, Bond St.
Every article of first class furniture, suitable either for
the church, the palace or the mansion , is designed and
manufactered here from the rough log, and carried out to
the utmost finish and polish; and it is a somewhat remarkable
circumstance that mansions are furnished by the Messrs. Richardson,
not only in every part of this kingdom; but in many parts of the
European and American continents.
The business was founded in 1812 by the late Mr. Richardson,
who is reputed to have been one of the best cabinet makers
of the day, and who procured for his 3 sons
( the members of the present firm)
the means of aquiring a practicle knowledge of every department
of the furnishing trade.
Hence the superior excellence of this establishment.
The premises consists chiefly of four blocks of buildings,
extending backwards from Bond street to Waltham Street.
Three of these blocks are three stories in height.
The front cabinet showrooms measure above a 100 square feet
and the two upper stories, which contain galleries, are lighted
by a glass dome.
In allusion to the stock in this establishment, a writer,
a few years ago said that
"For quality variety and richness,
it bears the palm of excellence over all others.
The showrooms (he adds) may be termed couriosities
of the industrial arts for they contain specimins of
the carvers skills that astonish by their marvellous beauty,
and comprise every article, we should imagine,
that invention has furnished, in cabinet goods,
from the earliest to the present times."
We must certainly endorse this extract. The stock is now too most extensive
and superb in every department.**
The factory at the rear of the ware-rooms , is repleat with
excellent machinery, much of which is peculiar to the establishment,
having been either invented or improved by the proprietors themselves
The number of hands employed by Mrssr. Richardson,
including upholsteres, carvers, Gilders, Polishers, Painters, Decorators,
Paper hangers etc amount to at least 150.
The Firm had the range of skills, materials and machinery for large
and prestigious undertakings, including the Council Chamber of Hull's Town Hall
In pasing through the ware rooms we noiced the three beautiful chairs which were
made for the throne, when her Majesty the Queen visited Hull in 1854 (see pg185)
and amoungst many other beautiful objects we observed a magnificent marquetry table
of Chinse manufacture - a rare curiosity, supposed to be 300 years old, and
believed toi have belonged to one of the Palaces of the late Emporor.
It is inlaid with figures in ivory, illistrative of the mannors and customs of
the people of the &qute;Celestial Empire"e;.
We likewise noticed a cabinet of a somewhat similar character, as well as a
courious Japanese Cabinet,
The Messrs Richardson have just compleated an elegant case composed of about
500 pieces of of different kinds of wood, in small sections arranged geometrically;
which filled with 38 samples of the princle corn and Oleaginous sees grown in
or imported into England, having been forwarded by Messrs F. Helmsing and Co. to the
Commisioner de la Society Imperial Echonomique, St Petersburg, by request.
in his own his book Artists and Craftsmen of Hull ISBN 0-904490-23-8
Although Thomas died 1855 there is no sign of a will or probate
Thomas (junior) found but Henry's death is recorded
in family bible as 1907 but where? or was this confused with William
Thanks to Genuki and the various contibutors who have transcribed
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