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03 July 2014

Devon book trades: Exeter R

Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History; 7
The Devon book trades: a biographical dictionary. Exeter. Surnames: R
E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RADDON, Thomas. 1818-1822. Printer. St. Sidwell 1818-1822d. Married: Nancy. Children: Jane born 25/7/1818 bap. 7/8 St. Sidwell.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RADFORD, David. 1829-1830. Printer. Married: Mary. Children: Mary bap. 2/2/1829 Cathedral, Eliza bap. 23/5/1830 Cathedral.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RAYMOND, William. 1839. Printseller. 91, Fore Street 1839d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RAYMOND, William. 1851. Lithographer. Golden Fleece Inn, Smythen Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1833/4, son of William, innkeeper. Sources: Census 1851 1869/302.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. READ, William. 1827-1842. Bookbinder 1827d, 1835d, bookseller 1828d-1842d. North Street 1827d; 146, Fore Street Hill 1828d; St. Johns parish 1830; 144, Fore Street Hill 1830d-1834d; 167, Fore Street 1835d-1839d; 3, Milk Street 1840d; 135, Fore Street Hill 1841d-1842d. Freeman of Exeter by apprenticeship 10/7/1830. Sources: Exeter freemen.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. REED, William. 1825-1836. Law stationer, also listed as magistrate's clerk 1828d-1836d. Paris Street 1825d-1833d, Heavitree Road 1834d-1836d. Previously listed as scrivener. From 1837d listed as magistrate's clerk only.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RENDELLS, George. 1851. Printer. Connett's Yard, Magdalen Street 1851. Born: Honiton 1832/3, son of Mary, charwoman. Sources: Census 1851 1868/460.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. REYNOLDS. 1716. Printer. Apprenticed to Philip Bishop. "Made a discovery of some persons who were concerned with his said master in the printing of that horrid and unpardonable libel Nero the Second" Protestant Mercury 21/12/1716. Sources: Brushfield p.172.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RICHARDS, Reuben. 1851. Pressman. 2, Haymans Buildings, Friars Walk 1851. Born: Leicester 1825/6. Married: Caroline, born Exmouth 1820/1. Children: one born Exeter 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/507.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RICHARDS, San C (?). 1851. Newspaper editor. Sidwell Terrace 1851. Born: Exeter 1802/3. Married: by 1851. Lodger 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/261.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RICHARDS, William. 1851. Bookbinder. St. Martin Street 1851. Born: Honiton 1820/1. Unmarried, visitor 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/326.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RICHARDSON, V. 1855. Wood engraver. West Street 1855d+.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RICHARDSON, William. 1818. Bookseller. Voted for Courtenay and Newman 1818. Sources: Exeter poll book 1818.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RICKARD, James. 1803-1816. Engraver. St. Mary Steps 1803; West Quarter 1811d; St. Paul 1813; Gandy Street 1814-1816d; St. Martin 1814-17; High Street 1816d. Born: Exeter, son of John and Sarah bap. 27/8/1786? Aged 17/30 1803. Married: Mary EFP 16/3/1809 4a. Children: Hercules James bap. 31/3/1813 St. Paul, John bap. 22/9/1814, William Henry bap.26/7/1816, John Bowditch bap. 11/12/1817, William Henry bap. 11/12/1817 all at St. Martin. Died EFP 25/7/1816 4b. Willing to serve in volunteers 1803. Intends to take over late Mr. Ezekiel's business EFP 18/12/1806 4e. Advert for apprentice EFP 22/4/1813 4d. Move from Gandy Street, advert for apprentice EFP 31/3/1814 4d. Advert for apprentice EFP 27/10/1814 4d. Business to be continued by widow Mary, assistant coming from London EFP 8/8/1816 4e. Sources: Exeter militia list; IGI.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RICKARD, Mary. 1816-1823. Engraver and copperplate printer. 10, High Street 1818; 170, Fore Street 1818; High Street 1822d; 33, Fore Street 1823d. To continue late husband's business EFP 8/8/1816 4e. Advert EFP 6/2/1817 4d. Removal of premises to 170 High Street EFP 9/7/1818 4c; FWL 14/7/1818. Adverts EFP 24/9/1818 4e, 19/7/1821 4d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RICKARD, Phillippa A. 1851. Bookseller's assistant. 56, High Street 1851. Born: Bodmin, Cornwall 1824/5. Unmarried 1851. Lodged with William Balle, printer and bookseller 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/323.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RIPLEY, Edwin. 1848-1858. Law stationer, lithographer, accountant. Castle Street 1848d; no. 2 1850d; Gandy Street 1850d; 3, Bedford Street 1851-1858. Born: Exeter 1820/21. Married: by 1851. Advert EFP 21/1/1858 4b. Sources: Census 1851 1869/167.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RIPPON, Mrs. J. 1856. Newsagent. Stephen Street 1856d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RISDON, Charles. 1845-1855. Lithographer, engraver, printer. 5, Queen Street 1845d-1846d; 251/2, High Street 1846-1855d+; Cathedral Yard 1849; 5, Paris Street 1850d. First successful Exeter lithographer, published much of William Spreat's work. Advert EFP 23/1/1845 2d. Moved premises EFP 12/2/1846 2e, 4/1/1849 4e. Stock in trade for sale EFP 28/6/1849 1d. Printed lithographs in Harding's History of Tiverton 1845. Paris Exhibition 1855 exhibited from 40, King Street, Covent Garden (Vincent Brook's address). Imprints: 1840: Peard; 1846: Haydon. Sources: Somers Cocks p.6; Clamp; G.Bridson (letter).

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RISDON, John. 1801-1837. Bookseller and stationer. St. Martin 1803; St. Pancras 1815-24; High Street 1809d-1827d; no. 201 1823d-1832d; no. 60 1833d; Goldsmith Street 1831d; 3, Castle Street 1834d-1837d. Born: Exeter, son of Thomas and Elizabeth, bap. 24/9/1778 St. David. Married: firstly EFP 8/1/1801 4c, one child by 1803, wife died EFP 16/2/1804 4b. Married secondly Mary EFP 12/9/1805 4b. Children: Emily bap. 20/6/1815, Elizabeth bap. 13/3/1817 both at St. Pancras, daughter Margaret, a minor, married Jabez Henry Fisher of St. Sidwell, artist, 25/9/1824 St. Pancras, another daughter married EFP 12/6/1834 2f. Freeman of Exeter by order of Mayor and council 23/9/1816. Taken over stock of Margaret Sweetland EFP 25/12/1800 3e. Willing to serve in volunteers 1803. Advert EFP 16/9/1813 4d. Elected steward EFP 26/9/1816 4b. To publish sermon of Rev. Oxnam EFP 12/11/1818 4d. Voted for Courtenay and Newman 1818. Adverts EFP 9/8/1827 1a, 13/3/1828 3c. Bankrupt EFP 28/4/1831 3c. Retiring, stock for sale EFP 4/10/1832 3e. Imprints: 1805: Guide; 1819: Hughes; 1827: Williams; 1828: Williams. Sources: Exeter freemen; Exeter militia list 1803; Exeter poll book 1818.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RISDON, John. 1851-1870. Printer. 3, St. Marys Yard 1851; Goldsmith Street 1862d-1870d. Born: Exeter 1829/30, son of George, lay clerk at Cathedral. Apprentice 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/333.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROBERTS, Henry. 1584. Bookbinder. Freeman of Exeter fine £1 6s 8d 27/8/1584. Involved in lawsuit wth John Walley, bookseller of London, overseer of estate of John Gropall, bookseller of Exeter [1560?]. Sources: Chope (1918); Plomer (1917); Exeter freemen.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROBERTS, J. 1830. Print publisher. Imprints: single prints (Somers Cocks): 1830: 747.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROBERTS, John. 1800-1803. Bookbinder. St. Sidwell 1801-03. Born: St. Sidwell, Exeter, son of Francis and Joanna, Bap. 26/7/1778? Married: Cordelia Davy 12/6/1800 St. Sidwell. Exeter regiment of volunteers 1803. Sources: Exeter militia list 1803; IGI.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROBERTS, Mary Anne. 1851. Bookseller's and stationer's assistant. 265, High Street 1851. Born: Holy Trinity, Exeter 1818/9. Married: William Thomas, bookseller. Assisted husband in shop 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1869/148.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROBERTS, William. 1829-1856. Bookseller etc, also printer 1835d and 1855d+. 197, High Street (opposite Broadgate) 1829-1848d; 195, High Street 1848d-1850d; 197, High Street 1851d-1856d+; Broadgate 1861. Born: Hatherleigh 1804/5. Married: EFP 23/9/1830 2d, widower 1851. Children: William H. q.v. assisted father 1851, others born Exeter 1832/39. Succeeded Samuel Hedgeland, indenture 1829. Advert EFP 18/12/1834 2e. Printed forms relating to lunatics used 1847-8. Employed 4 persons 1851. Imprints: 1845: Oliver, Westcote; 1849: Western Miscellany; 1852: Davidson; 1861: Oliver; single prints (Somers Cocks): c1835: 825; c1840: 1050. Sources: Census 1851 1868/322; Clamp.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROBERTS, William H. 1851. Bookseller's and printer's assistant. 197, High Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1831/2, son of William, printer. Assisted father 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/322.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROBERTS, William Thomas. 1836-1870. Printer, bookseller, circulating library, stationer, newsagent 1836d, bookseller etc 1837d-1843d, bookseller and periodical librarian 1844d-1855d+. 265, High Street 1836d-1881d+; High Street, Topsham 1870d. As W.T.Roberts and Son 1878d-1881d+. Born: 1808/9, St. Lawrence, Exeter. Married: firstly EFP 10/4/1843 2g, wife died EFP 10/4/1845 2g, secondly Mary Anne born Holy Trinity, Exeter 1818/9, asssitant in shop 1851. Children: born St. Lawrence 1843-48, daughter died EFP 3/8/1854 8f, son died EFP 29/8/1860 5b, eldest son died EFP 21/10/1869 5f. Freeman of Exeter EFP 1/4/1852 5f. Advert for new business EFP 15/10/1835 2f. Advert EFP 21/7/1836 2c. Involved in case of fraud with postal worker EFP 15/3/1838 3c. Not the William Roberts involved in above court case EFP 22/3/1838 2c. Advert EFP 31/7/1851 8b. Adverts mentioning circulating library EFP 11/10/1855 4e, 18/4/1856 5a, 21/1/1858 8d, 25/9/1861 4e, 6/1/1864 4d. In accident EFP 14/4/1859 5f. Advert EFP 13/1/1869 4a. Retiring from business EFP 13/7/1870 4cd. Premises for sale EFP 31/8/1870 1b. Advert EFP 15/12/1875 5c. Sources: Census 1851 1869/148.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RODD, Thomas. 1827-1835. Bookseller, bookbinder. Holy Trinity 1827-33; Holloway Street 1827d-1835d. Married: Frances. Children: Thomas privately bap. 19/5/1827, Fanny Maria bap. 6/7/1828, Thomas bap. 8/3/1830, William Henry bap. 16/11/1831, Elizabeth bap. 9/10/1833 all at Holy Trinity.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROLF/RELFF, John. 1586-1606. Stationer, bookbinder. Freeman of Exeter, fine £1 1586/7. Apprentice: Arthur Loveridge freeman 1606/7. Sources: Exeter freemen.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROLTE/ROLLE, Henry. 1571. Printer (?). Active in Exeter 1571. Sources: Records of the worshipful Company of Stationers by Charles Robert Rivington (1883), p.27; Dredge p.41; McKerrow.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROPER, Thomas. 1830-1837. Engraver, also printer 1834d-1837d, also machine ruler 1834d. 211, High Street 1830d-1832d; 73, South Street 1833d-1837d. George Roper, harness maker at same address 1834d. Declined business in favour of G.H.Lewis EFP 5/10/1837 2f.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROWAN, James. 1550-1551. Bookbinder. Freeman of Exeter fine £1 13s 4d 1550/1. Sources: Exeter freemen.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROWDEN, J. and R. 1856. Printsellers. 247, High Street 1856d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROWE. 1801. Stationer. High Street 1801d. Trading as Taylor and Rowe 1801d. Not freeman of Exeter. Sources: Exeter freemen.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROWE, George. 1826-1833. Engraver, lithographer, print publisher. 38, Paris Street c1826; Saville Cottage, Mount Radford c1828-9; Cheltenham c1833-45. Born: Exeter 1796. Died: Exeter 1864. The most prolific of Devon artist engravers and lithographers, responsible for over 300 Devon scenes. First works published by John Wallis 1826. Later his own publisher. Moved to Cheltenham where in partnershp as Rowe and Norman, lithographic, copperplate and general letterpress printers. Also drawing master. In 1852 went to gold diggings in Bendigo, Australia to recoup fortunes. Returned to England 1858. Imprints: 1828: Rowe (3 titles), Rural; 1829: Rowe (three titles), single prints (Somers Cocks): c1825: 1026; 1826: 2307; c1830: 75, 309. Sources: Somers Cocks p.6 etc.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROWE, George. 1851. Printer. Coombe Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1831/2, son of John, boot and shoe maker. Sources: Census 1851 1868/389.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROWE, Hannah. 1851. Bookbinder. St. Davids Hill 1851. Born: Exeter 1829/30. Unmarried, head of household 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1869/69.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. ROWE, James. 1850-1890. Blacking and ink manufacturer 1850d-1851d, printer etc. 1853d-1855d+. Coombe Street 1850d-1890d+; no. 1 1878d; no 63 1885d-1890d. Born: Exeter 1817/8. Married: Susanna, shopkeeper, born Exeter 1822/3. Children: born Exeter 1846/7, 1848/9, daughter died EFP 23/10/1867 5e. Previously listed as blacking manufacturer only. Listed as compositor in 1851 census. Relinquishing business, stock for sale EFP 25/1/1855 1b. Sources: Census 1851 1868/391.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RUDD, W.H. 1868-1930. Newsagent, stationer, printer. 84, South Street 1868-1870d; 97, South Street 1878d-1918d; 4, George Street 1930d. Advert EFP 11/11/1868 1f. Sources: Clamp.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. RUSSELL, William. 1587-1589. Stationer. Freeman of Exeter fine £1 10s. 1587/8. Imprints: 1589: Dowriche. Sources: Exeter freemen.

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