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13 January 2013


Exeter Working Papers in Book History; 15
The British book trades: topographical listings. Suffolk

This page is one of a series of county listings which are being developed to bring together biographical information relating to localities throughout the British Isles which is currently scattered in other sections of the Exeter Working papers. They are not intended as exhaustive listings. The main sources covered are bankruptcy notices 1731-1806, apprenticeships 1710-1777 and insurance policies 1775-1787. Other information is being added and entries amalgamated as information is available.


Greetwin, William, apprentice papermaker, Bramford, Suffolk, 1753. Apprenticed to Johnson, Edward, £1/10/00 IR/1/51, fo. 232.

Johnson, Edward, papermaker, Bramford, Suffolk, 1753. Apprentice Greetwin, William, £1/10/00. IR/1/51, fo. 232.

Marner, Michael, papermaker, Bramford, Suffolk, 1717. Apprentice Mollett, Thomas, £3/00/00. IR/1/45, fo. 069.

Mollett, Thomas, apprentice papermaker, Bramford, Suffolk, 1717. Son of Daniel of Ipswich SUF, mariner. Apprenticed to Marner, Michael, £3/00/00 IR/1/45, fo. 069.


Catchpole, Robert, apprentice bookseller, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1777. Apprenticed to Green, William, £30/00/00 IR/1/28, fo. 116.

Catchpole, Robert, bookseller, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1777-80. Sun policy 387741, £400, 1777. Sun policy 430943, £400, 1780.

Deck, Philip, bookseller, stationer, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1777/8-1785P; Crown Street 1784B-1785P. Died 5 Apr. 1804 in 59th year. Published catalogues 1782, 1789. Many years bookseller and postmaster at Bury. Published several tracts on religion and government. Sold library of Rev. George Ashby. Sun policy 394875, £500, 1777/8. Sun policy 477050, £600, 1783. Sources: Nichols i, 578; iii, 674; Pendred.

Dixon, John Sayer, apprentice bookseller, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1772. Apprenticed to Green, William, £44/00/00 IR/1/58, fo. 103.

Ely, Edward, apprentice bookseller, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1756. Apprenticed to Green, William, £4/00/00 IR/1/21, fo. 008.

Gedge, Peter, bookseller, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1785. Sun policy 505421, £400, 1785.

Green and Gedge, printers and bookseller, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1785P. Printers of Bury St Edmunds and Bury Post 1785P. Not listed in Bailey 1784. Sources: Pendred

Green, William, bookseller, stationer, printer Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1756-1785P; Cook Row 1784B-1785P. Died 7 Oct 1784 aged 52. Apprentices: Ely, Edward, £4/00/00 1756. IR/1/21, fo. 008. Pinchard, Charles, £20/00/00 1759. IR/1/22, fo. 048. Hawes, Robert, £26/05/00 1761. IR/1/23, fo. 024. Loder, Robert, £40/00/00 1765. IR/1/24, fo. 134. Dixon, John Sayer, £44/00/00 1772. IR/1/58, fo. 103. Catchpole, Robert, £30/00/00 1777. IR/1/28, fo. 116. Sources: Musgrave.

Hawes, Robert, apprentice bookseller, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1761. Apprenticed to Green, William, £26/05/00 IR/1/23, fo. 024.

Kendall, John, printseller, Bury Saint Edmunds, Cook Row 1784B-1785P. Sources: Pendred.

Loder, Robert, apprentice bookseller, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1765. Apprenticed to Green, William, £40/00/00 IR/1/24, fo. 134.

Pinchard, Charles, apprentice bookseller, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1759. Apprenticed to Green, William, £20/00/00 IR/1/22, fo. 048.

Rackham, John, printer, bookseller, stationer, Bury Saint Edmunds, Angel Hill 1784B-1785P. Ran circulating library. Wife died 5 July 1793. Sun policy 501698, £400, 1785. Sources: Pendred; Musgrave.

Rogers, Elizabeth, bookseller, stationer, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1783-1785P; Beast Market 1784B-1785P. Sun policy 477042, £300, 1783. Sources: Pendred.

Steele, John, bookseller, Cooke Row, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 1779. Sun policy 410670, £700, 1779.


Johnson, Edward, papermaker, Greating Saint Mary, Suffolk 1799. Bankrupt: 18 May 1799 cert: 23 Jun 1801 div: 07 May 1800 div: 04 May 1801


Leatherdale, Richard, bookseller, Hadleigh, Suffolk, 1775/7. Royal Exchange policy 67385, £1000, 1775/7.


Miller, Thomas, stationer, Halesworth, Suffolk, 1779/81-1807. Died June 1807 aged 82. Published catalogues. Royal Exchange policy 79623, £450, 1779/81. Sources: Nichols iii,681.

IPSWICH, Suffolk

Adee, John, apprentice bookseller, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1741. Son of Herbert. Apprenticed to Craighton, William, £15/00/00 IR/1/16, fo. 100.

Bransby, John, bookseller, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1811.

Bush, John, apprentice bookseller, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1774. Apprenticed to Punchard, Charles, £5/05/00 IR/1/59, fo. 013. Imprint: 1788: Kress B1467.

Craighton, William, bookseller, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1741-1761. Died 10 Mar. 1761. Apprentices: Adee, John, £15/00/00 1741. IR/1/16, fo. 100. Lovechild, William, £10/00/00 1743. IR/1/50, fo. 168. Sources: Musgrave.

Jackson, William, printer, Ipswich, Suffolk 1774. Bankrupt: GM Nov 1774. See also Shave and Jackson

Jermyn, George, bookseller, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1772-92. Apprenticed to Loder, Robert, £20/00/00 1772. IR/1/58, fo. 097. Imprint: 1792: Kress S5394.

Kingsbury, John, apprentice bookbinder, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1758. Apprenticed to Page, John, £21/00/00 IR/1/52, fo. 147.

Loder, Robert, bookseller, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1772. Apprentice Jermyn, George, £20/00/00. IR/1/58, fo. 097.

Lovechild, William, apprentice printer, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1743. Son of Charles. Apprenticed to Craighton, William, £10/00/00 IR/1/50, fo. 168.

Page, John, bookbinder, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1758-1774. Apprentices: Kingsbury, John, £21/00/00 1758. IR/1/52, fo. 147. Sernton, Robert, £12/00/00 1765. IR/1/55, fo. 094. Bush, John, £5/05/00 1774. IR/1/59, fo. 013.

Punchard, Charles, bookseller, Ipswich, Butter Market 1784B-1785P. Died 14 Aug. 1789. Sources: Pendred; Musgrave (as Panchard).

Sernton, Robert, apprentice bookbinder, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1765. Apprenticed to Page, Thomas, £12/00/00 IR/1/55, fo. 094.

Shave and Jackson, printers, Ipswich, King Street 1784B-1785P. Printers of Ipswich Journal 1785P.Sources: Pendred.

Shave, John, printer, bookseller, stationer, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1767-1798; King Street 1784B-1785P. Died 30 May 1798. Published catalogue 1767. Royal Exchange policy 94827, £1000, 1785/7. To pay £80 damages to stage coach proprietor because of misleading advertisement in his paper the Ipswich Journal which Shave's brother Thomas, also a stage coach proprietor, had caused to be inserted 29 July 1790. Sources: Pendred; Nichols iii,687; Timperley 770-1, 799.

Shaw, John, bookseller and bookbinder, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1773. Apprentice Sleggatt, John, £105/00/00. IR/1/27, fo. 197.

Sleggatt, John, apprentice bookseller, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1773. Apprenticed to Shaw, John, £105/00/00. [BS & BB] IR/1/27, fo. 197.


Hallatt, John, bookseller, stationer, Long Melford, Suffolk, 1778/9. Royal Exchange policy 73554, £300, 1778/9.


Abbott, Jonathan, bookseller, Needham Market, Suffolk, 1777/8-1784/5. Royal Exchange policy 70009, £600, 1777/8 [junior]. Royal Exchange policy 89345, £750, 1784/5. Also ironmonger 1784B. Sources: Bailey.


Knight, John, bookseller, stationer, Saxmundham, Suffolk, 1786/7. Royal Exchange policy 97524, £200, 1786/7.

Brackett, William, bookseller, bookbinder, stationer, Sudbury, Suffolk, 1784B-1785. Sun policy 503934, £300, 1785. Sources: Pendred.

Loder, Robert, printer, bookseller, stationer, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1779-1785P. Died early 1811 aged 61. Published catalogue 1783. Author of local antiquarian tracts including History of Framlingham 1798, Orders of the Free School in Woodbridge, Woodbridge terrier etc [Nichols list five works]. Sun policy 410058, £400, 1779. Imprint: 1792: Kress S5400. Sources: Nichols iii,680.

Ridley, John, bookseller, stationer, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1784B-1785P. Sources: Pendred.

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