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03 July 2014

Devon book trades: Exeter G

Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History; 7
The Devon book trades: a biographical dictionary. Exeter. Surnames: G
E_EN_DEV_Exeter. E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GAIN, Mrs. Caroline. Fl. 1835. Bookseller. 185, Fore Street 1835d. Succeeded William Gain. Premises for sale EFP 30/4/1835 3b. William Wheaton taken business EFP 2/7/1835 2d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GAIN, William. Fl. 1834. Bookseller. 185, Fore Street 1834d. Succeeded Penny and Sons, succeeded by Caroline Gain.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GARLAND, Robert. Fl. 1851. Bookseller. Grosvenor Square, Heavitree 1851. Born: Dundalk, Ireland 1774/5. Married: Elizabeth, born 1782/3 Exeter. Sources: Census 1851 1866/381.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GATTEY, William. Fl. 1810-1811. Stationer. Churchyard 1811d. Married: wife died EFP 23/8/1810 4b.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GENDALL, John. Fl. 1825-1850. Printseller. High Street 1825d-1828d; Cathedral Yard 1856d. Born: 1789. Died: 1865. Trading as Cole and Gendall 1825d-1828d. Artist who produced a series of etchings of Exeter published by himself in 1834 and a series of six lithographs of Bicton church published 1850. He also produced many of the preliminary watercolours for the views of country houses appearing in Ackermann's Repository of Arts. Imprints: Single prints (Somers Cocks) 1839: 986. Sources: Somers Cocks p.4 etc.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GERRED, Joseph. Fl. 1851. Compositor. West Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1814/5. Married: Elizabeth Y., born Christow 1815/6. Children: born Exeter 1838-40, South Tawton 1841/2, Chagford 1843/4; Okehampton 1848/9, Treborough, Somerset 1850. Sources: Census 1851 1869/360.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GIBBS, Benjamin. Fl. 1851. Bookbinder. Gibbs Building, Coombe Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1834/5, son of Sarah. Sources: Census 1851 1868/406.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GIBBS, William. Fl. 1849-1851. Bookseller, bookbinder. College 1849d-1851. Born: Exeter 1818/9, son of William, cabinet maker. Unmarried 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/312.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GIBBS, William. Fl. 1854-1870. Bookbinder, account book manufacturer, machine ruler. South Street 1854d-1870d+

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GIBBS, William Richard. Fl. 1849-1854. Bookbinder, bookseller 1849d-1854d. St. Mary Major 1848; North Street 1849d-1854d; no. 90 1848d; no. 31 1851. Born: 1824, Exeter, son of Joseph Gibbs, sailor. Married: Eliza Daniel Osment, dressmaker, born Exeter 1823/4, Bedford Precinct 16/2/1848. Children: born Exeter 1847/8. Sources: Census 1851 1869/185.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GIDLEY, John. Fl. 1851. Printer and engraver. Magdalen Street 1851. Born: Holy Trinity, Exeter 1831/2, son of Samuel, shoemaker. Sources: Census 1851 1868/470.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GILBERT, Philip. Fl. 1819-1820. Bookbinder. St. Mary Arches 1819-1820. Married: Mary. Children: Henry bap. 13/8/1819, Carolina Amelia Augusta bap. 25/12/1820 both at St. Mary Arches.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GILES, John. Fl. 1738-1776. Bookbinder. St. John's 1738. Son of John Giles, sergemaker? Married: Mary Foster of St. Olave, widow, licence 8/5/1738. Freeman of Exeter by succession 14/12/1767. Bondsman for marriage of Jean Massiot of Exeter, jeweller and Susan Laroibe 5/5/1729. Voted for John Baring 1776. Sources: Exeter freemen; Exeter poll book 1776; Worth p.506.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GILL, William. Fl. 1843-1844. Photographist. North Road 1843d-1844d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GILL, William. Fl. 1851. Compositor's apprentice. 5, Old Artillery Inn 1851. Born: Newton St. Cyres 1834/5, son of James, victualler. Sources: Census 1851 1868/492.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GILLARD, John. Fl. 1851. Printer's errand boy. Devon and Exeter Hospital 1851. Born: Tiverton 1835/6. Sources: Census 1851 1868/556.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GLANVILLE, Andrew. Fl. 1848-1851. Bookseller. Bedford Street 1848d-1849d, 1855h; no. 1 1851. Born: St. Andrew, Plymouth 1798/9. Married: Elizabeth, born Maidenhead 1812/3, his assistant 1851. Children: born Taunton 1835/6, Exeter 1836-50. Also listed as banker's clerk 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1869/152.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GLANVILLE, A. and Son. Fl. 1851-1854. Booksellers. Bedford Street 1851d-1854d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GLANVILLE, E. and Son. Fl. 1850. Booksellers. Bedford Street 1850d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GLANVILLE, E.R. Fl. 1854-1855. Bookseller. Bedford Circus 1855d+. Advert for religious books EFP 29/6/1854 5b.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GLANVILLE, Elizabeth. Fl. 1851. Assistant bookseller. 1, Bedford Street 1851. Born: Maidenhead 1812/3. Married: Andrew, banker's clerk and bookseller. Children: born Taunton 1835/6, Exeter 1836-50. Assisted husband 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1869/152.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GLANVILLE, Stephen H.B. Fl. 1848-1873. Newspaper proprietor. Married: Charlotte Latimer, daughter of Thomas, publisher of Western Times 1857. Trained with William Hunt in Devonport. Moved to Exeter from Devonport 1848. Joined Western Times becoming partner 1866 and joint successor to Thomas 1873. Sources: Clamp; Lambert, R.S. The Cobbett of the West

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GODFRAY, Edward. Fl. 1851. Printer's apprentice. Commercial Road 1851. Born: Exeter 1832/3. Lodger 1851. Sources: Census 1851: 1869/407.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GODFREY, Edward. Fl. 1851. Printer. Cricklepit Lane 1851. Born: Exeter 1833/4, son of Robert, cooper on parish relief. Sources: Census 1851 1869/395.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GODFREY, Frederick John. Fl. 1851. Printer. 1, Little Silver Buildings 1851; Chapel Street 1870d. Born: Exeter 1824/5, son of William, solicitor's managing clerk. Unmarried 1851. Died: estate being settled EFP 10/7/1872 1f. Employing one apprentice 1851. Fire at premises EFP 27/12/1855 8a. Sources: Census 1851 1869/118.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GODFREY, John. Fl. 1823. Printer, bookseller, stationer. St. Pancras 1823; 205, Fore Street 1823d. Married: Susannah. Children: John Bond bap. 15/6/1823 St. Pancras.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GODFREY, William and Son. Fl. 1856. Printers, bookbinders. Chapel Street 1856d. Frederick John at same address 1870d, succeeded by Godfrey and Co. 1881d-1906d. Taken over by Bartlett. Sources: Clamp.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GODFREY, William. Fl. 1837-1855. Printer. 218, High Street 1837d-1843d; 227, High street 1844d-1855d+. Trading as Godfrey and Sons 1848d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GOODING, Eleanor. Fl. 1844-1848. Bookseller. South Street 1844d-1848d. Succeeeded William Gooding.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GOODING, William. Fl. 1826-1843. Bookseller. St. Paul 1826; Gandy Street 1828d-1833d; Goldsmith Street 1834d; 134, Fore Street Hill 1835d-1836d; Gandy Street 1837d-1838d; Paul Street 1839d-1840d; Market Street 1841d-1842d; South Street 1843d. Married: Ellenor. Children: Sarah Susannah and Ellenor Ruth both bap. 14/8/1826 St. Paul. Died aged 60 EFP 14/9/1843 2g. Succeeded by Eleanor Gooding.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GORDON, William. Fl. 1835. Printer. St. Leonard 1835. Registered press 8/7/1835. Sources: DRO Q/S 68.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GOVIER, Solomon. Fl. 1851. Printer. Sidwell Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1834/5, son of Charles, fly driver. Sources: Census 1851 1868/272.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GRANT Brothers. Fl. 1856. Stationers. 228, High Street 1856d. Also in Torquay 1856d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GRAY, Alexander. Fl. 1780. Printer. Fore Street 1780. Stock in trade for sale EFP 11/12/1783 2d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GREEN, James. Fl. 1776. Bookbinder, stationer. Freeman of Exeter by apprenticeship 9/11/1776. Voted for John B.Cholwich 1776. Sources: Exeter freemen; Exeter poll book 1776.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GREENSLADE, Henry. Fl. 1851. Lithographic apprentice. North Street 1851. Born: St. David Exeter, 1831/2, son of Ebenezer, furniture broker. Sources: Census 1851 1869/234.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GREENSLADE, William. Fl. 1802. Printseller. Shop for sale EFP 11/2/1802 1d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GRESSWELL, Elizabeth. Fl. 1822-1839. Bookseller 1822d, haberdasher 1825d-1834d, librarian 1836d-1839d. North Street 1822d-1837d; North Bridge 1838d-1839d. Moved to North Street EFP 8/10/1835 2f. Azubah Gresswell ran ladies' school at same address 1838d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GRESWELL, Joseph. Fl. 1816-1819. Printer, bookseller. North Street 1816d; opposite Cornmarket, Fore Street 1819. Died: EFP 14/1/1819 4b. Estate being settled EFP 4/2/1819 4de. Report of auction sale FWL 2/2/1819: All his stock and utensils in trade consisting of: 2 demy printing presses, several fonts of type from 7 line pica to nonpareil, leads, galleys, chases, stone, a variety of wood engravings, brass borders etc. 2 good standing presses with iron and wood screws, cutting press, binding shears, quantity of mill board, various binding implements together with all his shop stock comprising a number of bound and half bound books, pamphlets andc, paper of various sorts, pocket books, quills, pens, sealing wax, wafers, pencils, ink stands and a number of other stationery articles. Sources: Clamp.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GRIBBLE, John. Fl. 1835. Copperplate printer. Bartholomew Street North 1835d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GRIGG and Son. Fl. 1790. Booksellers. Fore Street 1790. William and Emanuel Grigg in partnership. Imprints: 1789: Exeter, New; 1790: Pryce.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GRIGG, Emanuel. Fl. 1783-1801. Printer, bookseller. Fore Street 1791d-1796d; two doors below Swan Inn 1791; adjoining the Western Bank [1798?]. Trading as Grigg and Son 1790. Married: EFP 21/10/1790 3b. Died: EFP 9/10/1806 4b. Partnership with father William dissolved EFP 26/8/1790 2c. Notice re publication of New Exeter journal EFP 29/8/1790 2c. Continuing business of late father William EFP 10/2/1791 3c. Advert for proposed catalogue Brice's OEJ 21/4/1791. Bought and closed Old Exeter journal, running New Exeter journal EFP 1/12/1791 3c. Took subscriptions for Lectures on the Lord's prayer by R.Taprell (proposals in Westcountry Studies Library) 1791. Sells Jones's solid black lead pencils EFP 24/5/1792 2d. Agent for Sanell's insurance plan EFP 19/9/1793 2d. Selling bookselling business, continuing Exeter journal EFP 6/10/1796 3d. Opening a coffee house EFP 12/1/1797. House in High Street for sale EFP 21/6/1798 3d. Stock in trade for sale EFP 16/4/1801 4c. Imprints: 1783: Drewsteignton; 1784: Downman; 1785: Ivar; 1788: Exmoor, Kenrick; 1790: Pryce; 1791: Manning; 1792: Downman, Incledon, Manning, Watkins; 1793: Eastcott, Manning; 1794: Kenrick, Reynell; 1795: Exeter. Corporation; 1798: Exeter. Constables.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GRIGG, Mrs. M. Fl. 1801. Bookseller. Carrying on business EFP 25/6/1801 4e.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GRIGG, William. Fl. 1764-1789. Bookseller, printer from 1779. Near Broad Gate towards the Conduit, Fore Street 1764; nearly opposite Broad Gate, Fore Street 1779; Fore Street 1781-1791d. Trading as Grigg and Son 1790. Married: Elizabeth Morgan of Allhallows Goldsmith Street spinster 3/11/1754 St. Martin, licence 31/10. Children: William died EFP 20/4/1786 3b, Emanuel, partner and successor EFP 26/8/1790 2c, 10/2/1791 3bc. Probably not freeman of Exeter. Advert EFP 2/9/1763 3c. Advert for new dictionary EFP 8/9/1763 4a. Selling books of William Harling and John Kennedy deceased EFP 1/6/1764 3b. Dispute with John Spencer, printer, re EFP EFP 9/11/1764 3c. Adverts EFP 11/1/1765 3c, 8/1/1768 2ab,4cd, 27/1/1769 2cd,4cd, (sale of coffee) 8/12/1769 2d, 5/1/1770 2b, 19/10/1770 3a, 1/1/1773 2b. Agent for Adelphi lottery EFP 28/1/1774 2b. Advert EFP 5/1/1776 2c,4b. Selling wallpaper 10/2/1776 3b. House for sale EFP 30/5/1777 2c. Published Sherborne journal 1778. Selling English coffee 6/2/1778 3a. Advert for book EFP 26/6/1778 2a. Agent for sale of Northmore estate EFP 21/8/1778 2d. Adverts EFP 23/11/1781 3a, 30/8/1782 3a. Catalogue of rare books for sale EFP 15/9/1785 3c. Partnership with son Emanuel Grigg dissolved EFP 26/8/1790 2c. Son Emanuel continuing business EFP 10/2/1791 3bc. Various labels recorded. Called "little Billy Grigg (with his yellow-white wig)" by P.T. in "Exeter in my youthful days" 1831 in Hone's Yearbook. Imprints: 1761: Tremlett; 1764: Grigg; 1765: Harrison, Life; 1766: Musgrave; 1768: Life; 1770: Dyer, Toulmin; 1772: Coleridge, Towgood; 1773: Puddicombe; 1776 : Lascells, Whittaker; 1779: Collection; 1781: Downman; 1784: Downman; 1785: Ivar; 1788: Exmoor, Kenrick; 1789: Taprell. Sources: Exeter freemen; Pendred; Plomer; DandC NandQ vol. 1, p.28; Attwood.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GROPALL, John, alias Lumbard. Fl. 1541-1553. Bookbinder. Allhallows Goldsmith Street 1544. Died: between 1 Dec 1553 and 9 Oct 1554, will, printed in full by Plomer. Children: six, including John probably apprenticed to Thomas Berthelet of London; [another son?] John apprenticed to John Walley, bookbinder of London, 1563. Freeman of Exeter, fine £3 6s 8d and granting that he will not use any other trade than bookbinding and printing of books 5/9/1541. Apprentice Thomas Harrys, brother Stationers' Co. 1557; apprentice/servant Glanche Larcher brother Stationers' Co. 1566. Lay subsidies 1543,1549. Alien subsidy 1544: for goods £10 6s 8d. John Walley was appointed overseer and was involved in at least two lawsuits for debts to the estate before handing it over to Gropall's eldest daughter in 1563. Sources: Exeter freemen; Chope (1918); Plomer (1917).

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. GUEST, Thomas S. Fl. 1851. Jeweller, music seller. 35, New Bridge Street 1851. Born: St. Thomas, Exeter 1822/3. Married: Elizabeth L., dressmaker, born Exeter 1822/3. Children: born Exeter 1844-50. Sources: Census 1851 1869/365.