Monday, 17 February 2020

1691 - Inventory of William Botamley, Chair maker of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire


This inventory lists the contents materials and tools in a late 17th century Gainsborough chair maker's house and workshop.

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Inventory of [the] Goods and Chattells of William Botamley of Gainsburgh in the County of Lincoln[shire] Chair maker deceased made and appraised the seaventh day of March Anno Dmi 1691 by us whose names are hereunto subscribed as followeth



£
s
d
Imprimis his purse and apparell
1 -
0 -
0
In the house
Item one pewter Case and pewter upon it1 -0 -0
Item one table & 2 stooles0 -3 -0
Item one range & 2 andirons0 -5 -0
Item 4 Chaires0 -2 -0
In the Kitchin
Item 2 brass pans0 -4 -0
Item one little table & 3 chaires0 -3 -0
Item one skellit0 -1 -6
In the Chamber over the house
Item one feather bed & bedstead & furniture with1 -6 -8
Curtaines
Item one table0 -2 -6
Item one Chest of Drawers0 -5 -0
Item 6 chaires0 -5 -0
Item one glasses Case0 -1 -0
Item one wanded chaire †0 -2 -6
In the chamber over the shoppe
Item one feather bed & bedstead & furniture0 -15 -0
with curtaines
Item one Chest0 -1 -6
Item 2 little chaires & a trunke0 -3 -0
-
Item chaires finished and to finish0 -10 -0
Item wood in the yard1 -10 -0
Item Bumbles §0 -5 -0
Item tooles in the shoppe1 -0 -0
Item linnen & hemping cloth sheets & napkins0 -13 -4
Item in other huslemts §§0 -5 -0
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Edward Loughton
Thomas Kippax
John Hardy
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Benjamin B Yates
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Exhibitum fuit hujusmodi Inventarium apud Lincolni octavo die mensis Martij Anno Domini ( stylo Angliae) per administrationem pro vero et pleno Inventario etc
This inventory was presented at Lincoln on the 8th day of March 1691 (English style) by Adminstration as a true & full inventory etc.


† Wanded chair: chair made of wickerwork or with wickerwork seat and back rushes (Glossary, p. 152 ‘Probate Inventories of Lincoln Citizens 1661-1714’ edited by J.A. Johnston, Lincoln Record Society & The Boydell Press 1991)

§ Bumbles are woven bull rushes (p. 145 ibid.)

See also entry from ‘The English Dialect Dictionary’  Joseph Wright, OUP 1898:

“BUMBLE, sb.6 Yks. Lin. [bu-ml.]   1. The bulrush, Scirpus lacustris, with which chairs are  bottomed. Also used attrib.   Lin. The chair's got a bumble bottom (R.E.C.). n.Lin. N. & Q.  (1852) 1st S v. 375 ; n.Lin.1 I can't abide them bumble-seated  chairs ; it's makkin' onessen like a Paapist to set doon 'e one  on 'em. sw-Lin.1   2. Comp. Bumble-barfan, a horse-collar made of reeds  or rushes as distinguished from the leather bargham (q.v.).   n.Yks. 12 ne. Yks.1 The bumble-barfam was specially used for  young colts and fillies when first yoked (s.v. Barfhame). m.Yks. 1  VOL. I.     [Bull-rushes ... in some countries . . . are called  bumbles, WESTMACOTT Script. Herbal (1694) 32.]”

§§ huslements: abbreviation of householdments – minor and miscellaneous furnishings (p. 148 ibid.)

Reference Name INV/189/196
Name: Botamley, William
Profession: Chair Maker
Place: Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
Date: 1690-1691
Repository: Lincolnshire Archives [057]

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