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03 July 2014

Devon book trades: Exeter W-Z

Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History; 7
The Devon book trades: a biographical dictionary. Exeter. Surnames: W-Y
E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WALFORD, John. 1851. Printer. Coombe Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1828/9, son of Richard. bootmaker. Unmarried 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/397.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WALKER, F.W. 1855-1856. Printer, engraver. 75, South Street 1855d-1856d+.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WALKER, Frank. 1868-1897. Engraver. 9,Gandy Street 1881d; 1, Milk Street 1897d. Married: EFP 24/6/1868 5c. Sources: Clamp.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WALKER, John. 1836-1855. Printer and engraver 1836d-1841d, engraver only from 1842d. Paul Street 1836d; 262, High Street 1837d; Upper Paul Street 1838d-1839d; 8, Gandy Street 1839-1841d; 78, South Street 1842d-1843d; Upper Paul Street 1844d-1851d; Gandy Street 1853d-1855d+. Married: wife died EFP 6/12/1849 8f, married Louisa born Exeter 1815/6 by 1851. Children: born Exeter 1834-46. Moved premises EFP 15/8/1839 1b. Employing two apprentices 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1869/207.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WALLIS, Henry John. 1848-1858. Bookseller, stationer, circulating library. 245, High Street 1848d-1849d; no. 246 1850d; no. 245 1849-1851d; no. 20 1853d-1856d+; 1, Gandy Street 1858. Born: West Indies 1821/2. Married: Lucy, born Exeter 1814. Children: born Exeter 1845-50, son died EFP 14/9/1854 8f. Published work of William Spreat with whom he was in partnership 1844. Advert EFP 12/4/1849 4f. Advert for British and Foreign Library EFP 8/9/1853 5c. Advert EFP 22/11/1855 4de. Declining business in favour of William Clifford, sale of stock EFP 7/1/1858 4ac. Closing down sale EFP 11/3/1858 4c. Reopened in Gandy Street EFP 29/7/1858 5a. Sources: Somers Cocks p.8; Census 1851 1869/144.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WALTERS, John. 1780-1825. Printer. St. Pancras 1780; St. Lawrence 1803; Holy Trinity 1825. Born: Exeter, son of Walter, joiner, and Mary, bap. 1/11/1758 Bow Meeting. Died: buried aged 63 George's Meeting 30/10/1825. Freeman of Exeter by succession 9/9/1780. Sources: Exeter militia list 1803; Exeter freemen.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WARE, G.A. 1866. Stationer. 270, High Street 1866 Commenced business EFP 3/1/1866 4e.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WARE, John. 1851. Bookbinder's apprentice. 3, St. Lawrence Square 1851. Born: Exeter 1831/2, son of Caroline, widow. Sources: Census 1851 1869/144.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WARR, Edwin. 1851. Compositor's apprentice. Summerland Square 1851. Born: St. Sidwell, Exeter 1833/4. Lodger 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/41.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WARREN and LANDRY. 1822. Bookbinders. Fore Street Hill 1822d. Succeeded by William Warren. A Mr. Warren listed at same address 1816d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WARREN, John. 1617. Bookbinder. Died: buried 5/1/1617 Cathedral.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WARREN, William. 1822-1845. Bookbinder 1825d, bookseller and librarian from 1827d, librarian and bookbinder from 1839d. Fore Street Hill 1823d; Fore Street 1825d-1827d; no. 65 1828d; no. 95 1828d-1832d; Bedford Street 1833d-1838d; 1, Coff Place 1839d-1842d; Dukes Place, Fore street Hill 1843d-1845d. Married: Mary, died EFP 6/4/1854 8f. Children: Elizabeth Savery born 31/1/1824 bap. 21/4, Louisa Catherine bap. 17/9/1826, both at St. Olave; daughter died EFP 23/3/1837 2d. To open business alone, partnership with Landray dissolved EFP 20/6/1822 4e. Imprints: 1827: Williams; 1828: Williams.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WARRENS. 1865. Printers. 40, Magdalen Street 1865. Advert EFP 16/8/1865 4c.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WAY, Henry. 1851. Printer. Friars Terrace 1851. Born: Exeter 1824/5. Unmarried, lodger 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/538.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WEBBER, George. 1822-1825. Engraver 1822d, watchmaker and engraver 1825d. Harts Row 1822d; North Street 1825d. From 1827d described as watchmaker only.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WEBBER, George. 1838. Printer. Died: EFP 8/2/1838 2c.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WEBBER, John. 1803-1825. Printer. St. Kerrian 1803; North Street 1817; St. Paul 1820. Aged 25 1803, no trace IGI. Married: by 1803, married Elizabeth. Children: George bap.2/1/1817 St. Kerrian, William bap. 6/2/1820 St. Paul. Died: EFP 10/11/1825 4a. Volunteer 1803. Sources: Exeter militia list 1803.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WEBBER, Jonah. 1817-1822. Printer. Allhallows Goldsmith street 1817; St. Paul 1819-22. Married: Ann. Children: William Taylor bap. 11/11/1817 Allhallows, Jonah bap. 14/3/1819, Frances bap. 24/3/1822 both at St. Pauls.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WEEKLY JOURNAL. 18--. Newspaper. See Brice's Weekly Journal.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WEEKLY TIMES. 1828. Newspaper. Sat. evenings 1828d. Proprietors Featherstone and Co. 1828d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WELCH/WELSH, John. 1822-1829. Engraver and printer. North Street 1822d-1828d; 166, Fore Street 1828d. Married: Nancy. Children: Elizabeth Sibella bap. 3/3/1823, Emma Louisa bap. 16/8/1825 both at St. Kerrian. Died: EFP 13/8/1829 2c.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WELSFORD, Arthur. 1862. Printer. Succeeded Harriet Haynes Welsford 1862d. Sources: Directories.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WELSFORD, Mrs. Harriet Haynes. 1845-1862. Printer. Upper Paul Street 1846d-1856d+. Born: Exeter 1802/3 Married: John Nathaniel. Children: Henry, born Exeter 1832/3. Succeeded husband John Nathaniel EFP 14/8/1845 2e. Employed two apprentices 1851. Succeeded by Arthur Welsford 1862d. Sources: Census 1851 1869/207; Clamp.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WELSFORD, Henry. 1859-1881. Stationer. 12, South Street 1859-63; 61, High Street 1863-75. Born: Exeter 1832/3, son of John Nathaniel, printer and Harriett Haynes. Married: EFP 23/7/1857 4e, wife died EFP 3/5/1865 5d. Children: daughter died EFP 8/2/1865 5c. Adverts EFP 24/11/1859 8e, 13/11/1861 8de, 7/1/1863 8cd. Moved premises EFP 11/3/1863 2d. Adverts EFP 6/1/1864 2ab, 18/1/1865 4cd, 3/1/1866 2cd, 2/1/1867 8de, 1/1/1868 8ef, 12/1/1870 2ef, 4/1/1871 1cd, 3/1/1872 1cd, 1/1/1873 4cd, 17/1/1873 4cd. [Re?]commencing business EFP 22/2/1875. Adverts EFP 6/1/1875 1cd, 19/1/1876 4cd. Liquidation EFP 13/4/1881 5e. Imprints: single prints (Somers Cocks): c1850: 871. Sources: Census 1851 1869/207.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WELSFORD, John Nathaniel. 1831-1845. Printer. St. Sidwell 1831-36; 1, Cox's Buildings 1835d; Gandy Street 1836d-1840d; Upper Paul Street 1841d-1845d. Married: Harriett Haynes. Children: William John born 24/5/1831 bap. 10/7, Henry born 12/4/1833 bap. 26/9, William born 31/5/1835, bap. 8/12, John born 25/3/1836 bap. 10/4 all at George's Meeting. Died: EFP 24/7/1845 2f. Succeeded by widow Harriett Haynes EFP 14/8/1845 2e.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WESCOMBE, Charles. 1857-1869. Newspaper proprietor. Born: Paris Street, Exeter, Sept. 1821. Died: 8/5/1869, London. Not freeman of Exeter. Owned Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, the leading conservative Exeter newspaper which he purchased from Edward Woolmer's executors c1857, also other newspapers. Died leaving massive debts. Sheriff of Exeter 1868. Sources: Hoskins, W.G. Two thousand years in Exeter, p.113-6.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WEST, B. 1864-1869. Bookseller. Children: daughter died EFP 7/9/1864 5d, daughter married EFP 17/2/1869 5f.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WEST, Benjamin William. 1861. Stationer. Children: daughter married EFP 17/4/1861 5b.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WESTCOTT, John. 1827-1829. Post boy. St. Lawrence 1827-29. Married: Mary Ann. Children: Mary Ann bap. 8/1/1827, Ann Sarah bap. 8/2/1829 both St. Lawrence.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WESTERN LUMINARY. 1813-1857. Newspaper. Published 8/3/1813-29/9/1857. Tuesdays 1823d; Monday evenings 1828d. Proprietors: T.Flindell 1823d, John Sweetland Dewdney 1828d-1850d; Elizabeth Dewdney 1856d. Incorporated Exeter Independent. Sources: Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries v.27, p.269.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WESTERN TIMES. 1829-1952. Newspaper. Published under this title 3/1/1829-1952. Established by James terrell as Exeter Weekly Times 1827. Thomas Latimer manager 1835-1873. The leading radical newspaper in Exeter. Sources: Lambert, Richard S. The Cobbett of the West, (London: Nicholson and Watson, 1939).

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WETHEY/WITHEY, Richard. 1828-1836. Printer. 191, High Street 1828d-1830d; no. 218 1831d-1836d; Ferris's Passage, High Street 1835d. Married: EFP 28/2/1828 2d. Died: EFP 9/6/1836 2d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHEATON, A. and Co. 1862-1918. Booksellers. 185, Fore Street 1862-1897d; 186, Fore Street 1881d-1906d; 1-2 North Street 1897d-1906d; 223-4, High Street 1897d-1918d; 1-2 Preston Street 1903d-1905d.. Adverts EFP 1/1/1862 8cd, 7/1/1863 8cd, 3/1/1866 4e, 2/1/1867 4e, 1/1/1868 4e. Selling up stock of books EFP 29/3/1876. Adverts EFP 3/1/1877 4cd, 2/1/1878 5a. Fire 25/1/1882. Imprints: single prints (Somers Cocks) c1860: 845, 911. Sources: Clamp.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHEATON, Alfred. 1846-1851. Bookseller, stationer. 185, Fore Street 1846-1849d; no. 186 1851; 29, High Street 1849-1851d. Born: Ringwood, Hants 1818/9, son of William and Phoebe, booksellers qq.v. Died EFP 17/4/1851 8f. Succeeded mother Phoebe. Hand-book of Exeter just published EFP 2/7/1846 1a. Moving premises EFP 5/4/1849 5d. Moving, goods for sale EFP 2/1/1851 4d. Bookseller's label: "Alfred Wheaton, cheap book establishment, 29, High Street, Exeter, old books bought" on Poesies de Malherbe (Geneve, 1777). Information from Barry McKay.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHEATON, Mrs. F. 1853. Bookseller. 185, Fore Street 1853d. Error for Phoebe?

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHEATON, Anne. 1851-1856. Bookseller. 185, Fore Street 1849, 1851d, 1854d-1856d+; 29, High Street 1851. Born: Ringwood, Hants 1825/6, daughter of William and Phoebe, booksellers of Exeter. Unmarried 1851. Partner with older sister Mary. Almanacks for 1850 advertised EFP 22/11/1849 5c. Head of househol at 29, High Street with assistant Clement Clemence 1851. Succeeding Alfred Wheaton and moving premises EFP 18/12/1851 5a. Advert EFP 24/11/1853 4f. Sources: Census 1851 1869/156.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHEATON, Mary. 1849-1856. Bookseller. 185, Fore Street 1849, 1851d, 1854d-1856d+; 29, High Street 1851. Born: Ringwood, Hants 1823/4, daughter of William and Phoebe, booksellers of Exeter. Unmarried 1851. Partner with younger sister Ann. Sources: Census 1851 1869/278.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHEATON, Phoebe. 1846-1851. Bookseller. 185, Fore Street 1847d, 1850d; no. 186 1851. Born: South Petherton, Somerset 1788/9. Married: William, bookseller. Children: see William. Succeeded husband William , succeeded by son Alfred. Sources: Census 1851 1869/278.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHEATON, William. 1835-1846. Bookseller. 185, Fore Street 1836d-1846d. Married: Phoebe, born South Petherton 1788/9. Children: Alfred born 1819/9, Mary born 1823/4, Ann born 1825/6 all at Ringwood Hants, all booksellers. Died: EFP 1/10/1846 2f. Succeeded Mrs. Caroline Gain EFP 2/7/1835 2d.Business taken over by widow Phoebe EFP 22/10/1846 2b. Imprints: 1845 Handbook of Exeter EFP 19/6/1845 3c. Sources: Census 1851 1869/278.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHICKER, John I. 1851. Printer. 63, South Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1796/7. Married: Joanna, born Black Torrington 1795/6. Children: born Exeter 1826-33. Sources: Census 1851 1868/415.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHICKER, John II. 1851. Printer. 63, South Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1827/8, son of John, printer. Unmarried 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/415.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHITE, Henry. 1714. Bookseller. At Mr.Bridge's, grocer, Southgate Street 1714. Imprint: 1714: Trosse. Sources: Dredge.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHITE, Richard. 1714. Merchant and bookseller. Near Elephant, Northgate Street 1714. Imprints: 1714: Trosse. Sources: Dredge.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHITE, Thomas Daniel. 1841-1851. Bookbinder, stationer, circulating library (1849). 246, High Street 1841d-1843d; 5, High Street 1844d-1847d; Bampfylde Street 1848d; Queen Street 1849d-1851d; house 3, Crescent Row 1850d. Advert EFP 20/12/1849 5a. Binder's label, 246, High Street, on J.Worthington Select discourses, 1826 (Maggs cat. 1098, item 613.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHITE, William. 1851. Pauper postboy. 6, Hurst Charity Almshouse 1851. Born: Easton, Wilts 1780/1. Married: Anne, born Bath 1784/5. Sources: Census 1851 1868/126.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WHITMARSH, T. Webb. 1842-1850. Bookseller. 7, High Street 1842d-1848d; High Street 1850d. 2,000 books destroyed by fire EFP 14/11/1844 3b.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WILLIAMS, John. 1539-1572. Printing press owner. Rector of St. Edmund, Exeter 1554-72. Died: 1572. Probably previously monk at Tavistock Abbey until dissolution in 1539. In will bequeathed printing equipment and tools to his cousin. Sources: Hoskins, W.G. Two thousand years in Exeter p.77, will transcript in Moger Collection Westcountry studies Library; Worth p.500.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WILLEY, Henry. 1851. Lithographer. 129/30 Sidwell Street 1851. Born: St. Sidwell 1835/6, son of James, painter and glazier. Sources: Census 1851 1868/277.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WILLIAMS, Thomas. 1776. Printer. St. Lawrence 1776. Freeman of Exeter by apprenticeship 17/8/1776. Children: Mary buried 15/11/1776 St. Lawrence. Voted for John B.Cholwich 1776. Sources: Exeter poll book 1776; Exeter freemen.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WILLIAMS, Thomas Hewitt. 1800-1826. Engraver. Flourished 1800-28. Also portrait painter. Lived first in Plymouth, where he taught Samuel Prout, later in Exeter. Made a series of tours in Devon largely on foot, often covering twenty miles a day, and wrote guides illustrated by his own etchings and lithographs. Imprints: 1812: Outlines: the subjects from the scenery of Devon. 1815-16: Picturesque excursions in Devonshire. 1821-22: Views illustrative of scenery in the south of Devon. c1825: Devonshire scenery (2nd ed 1827). Sources: Somers Cocks p. 4,6; Worth p.514.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WILLIS, William. 1849-1854. Engraver. Waterbeer Street 1850d-1854d; no. 3 1850d. Taken business of R.Smith EFP 6/9/1849 5b. Produced series of engraved topographical vignettes. Engraved frontispiece for Jones History of Chudleigh 1852. Business card claims that his West of England Engraving and Publishing Office was established in 1816 and uses the style "Willis late Smith from London". Source: Somers Cocks p.9; Clamp.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WITHEY, Richard. 1828-1836. Printer. See Wethey, Richard.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOLFE, George. 1851. Traveller with stationery. Buller's Arms, Sidwell street 1851. Born: St. Olave, Exeter 1816/7. Married: Rachel q.v. Sources: Census 1851 1868/116.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOLFE, Rachel. 1851. Traveller with stationery. Buller's Arms, Sidwell street 1851. Born: Barnstaple, 1817/8. Married: George q.v. Sources: Census 1851 1868/116.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOLFENDEN, G. 1874-1877. Bookseller, stationer. 187, Sidwell Street 1875. Adverts EFP 1/2/1874 4b, 15/12/1875 4c, 19/12/1877 5c.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOLFFE, John. 1554-1599. Stationer. Freeman of Exeter as tailor 15/7/1554? His apprentice Clement Hynde/Hide freeman of Exeter 1598/9. Sources: Exeter freemen.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOOD, Thomas jun. 1839-1847. Engraver and printer 1839d-1840d, engraver only from 1844d. Gandy Street 1839d-1840d, 1844d-1847d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOODBURY, Thomas. 1835-1847. Printer. 236, High Street 1835d-1847d; 17, Lower terrace, St. Leonard 1851. Born: Exeter 1780/1. Married: Ann, born Great Torrington 1786/7. Children: Thomas born London 1818/9 q.v. Proprietor of Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, partner with Edward Woolmer. Retired by 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1866/443.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOODBURY, Thomas W. 1851. Retired printer. 17, Lower Terrace, St. Leonard 1851. Born: London 1818/9, son of Thomas Woodbury q.v. Married: Elizabeth, born Exeter 1818. Children: daughter born Edgbaston, Warw. 1847/8. Sources: Census 1851 1866/443.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOODMAN, Jonathan. 1784. Engraver. Died EFP 5/2/1784 2c,3d. Engraved labels for booksellers George Portbury and Abel Sweetland of Exeter and Fidelio Murch of Barnstaple. R.Trewman bought plates EFP 12/2/1784 3d. Apprentice John King continuing business EFP 26/2/1784 3b. Sources: Attwood.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOODMAN, Samuel. 1799. Printer. St. Davids 1799. Tenant of house for sale EFP 24/1/1799 3e.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOOLLAND, William. 1851. Apprentice copperplate engraver. Bedford Street 1851. Born: St. Thomas, Exeter 1812/3. Living with aunt, Alice Chamberlain, poulterer. Sources: Census 1851 1869/153.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOOLMER and Co. 1853-1855. Printers. 230, High Street 1853d; no. 236 1854d-1855d+.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOOLMER and THACKER. 1848-1851. Printers. 236, High Street 1848d-1851d. Succeeded Woolmer and Woodbury.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOOLMER and WOODBURY. 1836-1847. Printers. 236, High Street 1836d-1847d. Succeeded Edward Woolmer, succeeded by Woolmer and Thacker.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOOLMER, Edward (Gattey). 1813-1856. Printer. High Street 1822d-1827d; no. 236 1828-1835d+; Fore Street 1823d; Magdalen Street 1828d. Trading as: Edward Woolmer and Co. 1831d+. Born: Exeter, son of Shirley and Susan nee Gattey, born 29/11 bap. 30/12/1790 Glenorchy Chapel, Withycombe Raleigh. Married: Eliza Tanner (d. c.1870). Children: Margaret c. 1815, Edward Gattey bap. 29/4/1817 St. Sidwell, Eliza Tanner May 1817, Mary Susan bap. 5/6/1828 Lustleigh, James Newman bap 5/6/1828 Lustleigh, Charles Edward Shirley bap 5/6/1828 Lustleigh, Margaret Davis bap. 19/6/1834 Holy Trinity. Died: 7/3/1856, will dated 26/8/1852. Registered two presses c1813 (DRO Q/S 59). Freeman of Exeter by order of Mayor and Council 27/9/1819. Apprentices: Thomas Bickham 22/1/1835, William Rowe 27/2/1835, Thomas Woodbury 27/2/1835, William Hoopper 31/7/1837, William Youlden 6/6/1838, Henry Allen 29/2/1840, Edwin Daniell 8/1/1844, James Porter (freeman 31/7/1852), John Best 9/6/1845, John Cooke 28/6/1845, John Frederick Shepherd 18/1/1848, Thomas Freeman (freeman of Exeter 1876). Appointed steward of City EFP 30/9/1819 4b. Elected member of Council 8/11/1827. Advert EFP 24/8/1825 4e. Proprietor and printer of Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, the leading conservative newspaper in Exeter 1823d, EFP 10/1/1828 1a. A devoted upholder of the connection between church and state as the foundation of the social order. His newspaper was Tory and became a pillar of Victorian conservatism. Woolmer was opposed to parliamentary reform, not so much in principle but on account of the fear, encouraged by the more extreme reformers, that it would be followed by radical attacks on all the instituions of church and state. Newspaper purchased by Charles Wescombe on his death. Receiver of the City Chamber 1830-31. Feofee of St Sidwell parish 1854 (DRO: 5807 F/T 3). Imprints: 1815: Derlincourt; 1821: Woolmer; 1828: Oliver. Sources: Hoskins, W.G. Two thousand years in Exeter p.114; Exeter freemen; R.Newton Eighteenth century Exeter (1984), p. 142, 147, 149; information from Helen Watt, descendant.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOOLMER, James. 1851. Printer. 2, Barnfield 1851. Born: Exeter 1827/8. Unmarried 1851. Father [Edward?], described as magistrate, absent 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/202.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOOLMER, Joseph. 1781. Stationer. Fore Street 1781. Born: 1760, christened 18 May Bull Lane Independent Chapel, Stepney. Married: Sarah Chubb 23/7/1788 Saint Petrock, Exeter. Children: include Matilda Hargrave born 1792, married Peter Nettleton, printer of Plymouth 21/12/1812. Sun insurance policy 444285 £1,000 1781, Guildhall Lib. ms. 11,936/293. Main trade as linen draper. Subscribed to John Carey New map of England and Wales 1794. Autobiography Letters to a christian friend (Sherborne, 1826) shows "nervous debility, upheavals of bad investments, bad partners, depression after death of first wife. Sources: information from Helen Watt, descendant.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOOLMER, Shirley. 1781-1831. Printer, bookseller, circulating library, music seller, printseller. Fore Street 1783d-1801; St. Peter's Churchyard 1789; warehouse opposite old Theatre 1789; Guildhall 1792; High Street 1793d-1809d; 236, High Street 1810-. Born: 1759, bap. Bull Lane Independent Chapel, Stepney 1 Mar. Married: Susan Gattey (1757-1842) 21/11/1782 St. Sidwell EFP 29/11/1782 3d. Children: Susanna bap 22/8/1783, Elizabeth Shirley bap. 24/8/1784, Susannah Shirley bap. 31/7/1786, Shirley Hargrave (son) bap. 25/9/1788 all at Bow Meeting, Edward (bookseller) bap. 30/12/1790 Glenorchy Chapel, Withycombe Raleigh, daughter died EFP 9/3/1809 4b. Died: 18 Feb. 1831 aged 72 EFP 24/2/1831 2d. Not freeman of Exeter. Taken over business of Henry Mugg EFP 18/5/1781 3a. Administrator of estate of Henry Mugg 31/8/1781 3a. Selling libraries EFP 28/10/1784 3b. Sun insurance policies 508623 1785, 522550 1786, Guildhall Lib. mss. 11.936/330, 338. Advert, apprentice wanted EFP 20/1/1785 3a. Agent purchasing books in London for circulating library EFP 28/4/1785 3b. Advertisement "S.Woolmer, bookseller, stationer, bookbinder and printseller, Fore-Street, Exeter, constantly keeps a large stoick of goods, consisting of about twenty thousand volumes of books ...", c.1785 John Johnson Collection. Catalogue advertised EFP 7/7/1785 3b, 23/11/1786 2c, 1/9/1791 3d. Catalogue of rare books for sale EFP 15/9/1785 3b. Advert EFP 11/1/1787 2b. Exeter catalogue for 1787, consisting of ... books in English and foreign languages (BL: 11900.c.28). Selling medicine EFP 11/1/1787 4d. Wanting a house EFP 12/4/1787 3d. Advert for circulating library EFP 6/9/1787 3c. Subscribed to The works of Nathaniel Lardner ... containing credibility of the gospel history, 1788. Published catalogues 1788-90. Advertised 20,000 vol. of books, circulating library, sale or hire of pianofortes OEJ 11/6/1789. Selling libraries EFP 14/10/1790 3d. Subscribed to Martin Dunsford's Historical memoirs of the town and parish of Tiverton 1790. Advert EFP 19/5/1791 2c. Subscribed to John Collinson The history and antiquities of the county of Somerset 1791. Draft conveyance of land at Keynsham to Edward Lyne 1791 (Somerset RO DD/SOG/485, 501-503). Printed Exeter gazette, or universal advertiser for the West of England Thursdays Jan. 1792+ (early issues wrongly numbered starting at about 1,000, leading to belief that newspaper established in 1772). Selling Jones's solid black lead pencils EFP 24/5/1792 2d. Agent for Sarrell's insurance plan EFP 19/9/1793 2d. To sell circulating library EFP 21/4/1796 3c. Printer of Exeter and Plymouth gazette 21/4/1796 3c. Subscribed to Edward Jones Index of records called the Originalia and memoranda on the Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer's side of the Exchequer, 1793. Chancery proceedings: named as defendant in Fenner v. Fenner over will of Rev. Timothy Hargrave 12/4/1793 (PRO: C 12/645/37). Probably wrote "Address to reader" for Remarkable prophecies! ; being a selection of important predictions ... (3rd ed., S.Woolmer, 1794). Bill for £1 11s 6d to Meshaw parish, 1794 (North Devon RO, Meshaw PW 6). In 1796 he bought the old county gaol which he handed over to the Dissenters for use as a chapel. Subscribed to Charles Varlo The floating ideas of nature 1797. Subscribed to William Tasker A series of letters 2nd ed, 1798. Library for sale EFP 11/7/1799 3e. Purchase of library at Portledge, North Devon of 10,000 volumes EFP 30/1/1800, 20/11/1800 3c, catalogue in preparation EFP 25/12/1800. Apprentice wanted EFP 9/10/1800 3d. Took subscriptions for R.Taprell's Lectures on the Lord's prayer 1791 (proposals in Westcountry Studies Library). Sale of Dr. Liptrott's library EFP 28/10/1802 4e. Infirm with a complaint in the brain, Exeter militia list 1803. Author of A concise account of the city of Exeter newly published EFP 30/5/1805 4d. 2nd ed 1811, 3rd ed 1821. Adverts EFP 4/5/1809 4e, 24/5/1810 4d. Removal of premises EFP 14/6/1810 1c. Elected commissioner under City Improvement Act EFP 20/10/1814 4b. He attended the funeral of his brother Rev. Samuel Woolmer and "he had not much to say to his sister-in-law [Jane née Gray] and was mean enough to ask her for his travelling expenses" c.1827 (Theophilus Woolmer [son of Samuel] My way and my work, 1892).Wrote to Gentleman's magazine on "The geological effects of the deluge" 1831, an attempt to check the "torrent of infidelity and atheism". A catalogue of useful and entertaining books, 18--. Established reputation as bibliophile and antiquarian, philanthropist and one of the guardians of the poor. Imprints: 1783: Brice; 1786: Browne, Woolmer; 1787: Towgood; 1788: Rowles, Toulmin; 1789: Selection; 1791: Manning, Toulmin; 1792: Exeter Gazette, Exeter Post Office, Manning, Toulmin; 1793: Devonshire Bank, Eastcott; 1794: Remarkable, Toulmin; 1795: Bretland, Manning; 1796: Address, New, Pierce, Westlake; 1797: Birt, Manning, Mends, Opusculum; 1798: Butcher, Gregor; 1800: Address, Culy; 1801: Woolmer. Sources: Dredge p.75; Exeter freemen; Nichols iii,689; Pendred; Munby and Coral; Gent. Mag. 1831 p.188, 279-80; R.Newton Eighteenth century Exeter (1984), p. 122; information from Helen Watt, descendant.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WOOLMER'S EXETER AND PLYMOUTH GAZETTE. 1798-1864. Newspaper. [1798?]-30/12/1864. Full title of Exeter and Plymouth gazette q.v.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WORTH and HEWITT. 1873. Printsellers. Cathedral Yard 1873. Advert EFP 25/6/1873 5bf.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WORTH, Bartholomew. 1831. Printer. Goldsmith Street 1831d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WORTH, Edwin. 1839-1853. Working stationer 1839d-1840d, bookbinder 1842d, machine ruler. James Street 1839d-1840d; Sun Street 1842d; James Street 1849d-1853d; Coombe Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1818/9. Married: Elizabeth q.v. Children: born Exeter 1834/5, 1840/1. Sources: Census 1851 1868/414.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WORTH, Edwin. 1851. Bookbinder's assistant. Coombe Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1834/5, son of Edwin and Elizabeth qq.v. Assisted parents in business. Sources: Census 1851 1868/414.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WORTH, Elizabeth. 1851. Bookbinder's assistant. Coombe Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1812/3. Married: Edwin q.v. Children: Edwin q.v. Assisted husband in business 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1868/414.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WORTH, J.P. 1849-1850. Engraver. James Street 1849d-1850d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WORTHEVALE, John. 1717. Printer. Not freeman of Exeter. Lawsuit in PRO: Stationer's Company v. Bliss (as defendant) 1717. Sources: Goulden; Exeter freemen.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WREFORD, John. 1830. Printer. St. Thomas. Freeman of Exeter by apprenticeship 19/7/1830. Sources: Exeter freemen.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WREFORD, S. 1847. Bookseller. High Street 1847. Moved premises EFP 16/12/1847 2c.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WRIGHT, Charles. 1851. Bill poster. Cornish's Court, Smythen Street 1851. Born: Exeter 1824/5, son of John, post office messenger. Unmarried 1851. Sources: Census 1851 1869/301.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WYATT, George. 1839. Printer. St. Sidwell 1839. Freeman of Exeter by apprenticeship 26/1/1839. Sources: Exeter freemen.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. WYLLIE, R.W. 1853. Circulating library. Advert EFP 6/10/1853 5d.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. YELLAND, George. 1851. Postboy. 20, Longbrook Street 1851. Born: Devon 1810/1. Married: Ann, born Devon 1809/10. Children: born Devon 1837-48. Sources; Census 1851 1868/268.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. YENDAL,Robert. 1823. Post boy. St. Paul 1823. Married: Sarah. Children: Samuel bap. 7/9/1823 St. Paul.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. YEO, Charles. 1682-1707. Bookseller. Fore Street 1701; High Street 1704; over against St. Martin's Lane, High Street. Married: Margery daughter of Philip Hooper 15/11/1681 St. Martin, Exeter, licence. Children: Philip apprenticed to Awnsham Churchill citizen and stationer of London, freeman of Exeter 18/9/1710, James and Jane. Died: 1707, buried 15/4 St. Martin, Exeter. Apprenticed to Robert Eveleigh, bookseller of Exeter. Freeman of Exeter 9/10/1682. Apprentice Ambrose potter freeman of Exeter 29/1/1700. Letter dated 1/2/1706 from London bookseller Robert Clavell to Rev. Walker in Exeter inquiring after health of Yeo and his business affairs. Apparently he was very ill and was owed much money by the Bishop of Exeter as well as owing much in London [Walker mss., Bodleian]. Imprints: 1682: True; 1683: Essay; 1689: Fullwood; 1692: Meeth; 1698: Chilcot, Dunning, King, Shower, Smith; 1699: Burscough, Exeter. Diocese, Gascoyne, Gilbert (2 titles); 1700: Hole; 1701: Burscough, Prince, Smith, Veryard; 1702: Trelawney; 1703: Henwood, Musgrave, Smith; 1704: Burscough, Lee, Long; printed forms 1698-1706. Sources: Dredge p.9,14; Clough; Plomer; Dickinson; Worth p.501.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. YEO, Margery. 1708-1728. Bookseller. Over against St. Martin's Lane, High Street 1726-28; High Street [1727?] Trading as: Margery and Philip Yeo 1708-13. Advert of survey to be held: "1st item: of the house wherein Mr. John Pym lately deceas'd dwelt; the fore part whereof is now in the possession of Mrs. Margery Yeo, bookseller, and the middle part of Mr. Nicholas Purchase" Brice's WJ 12/5/1727. Apprentice indentures used in Cruwys Morchard and Modbury 1728-30 printed for her by E.Farley. Label recorded. Imprints: 1708: Smith; 1709: Dagge; 1710: Mules; 1726: Southcomb, Strother; 1727: Christian; 1728: Defoe; printed forms 1708, 1728. Sources: Plomer; Dickinson; Dredge p.99; Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries v.1, p.18; Worth p.501.

E_EN_DEV_Exeter. YEO, Philip. 1708-1722. Bookseller. High Street 1709-21; over against St. Martin's Lane 1710-14. Trading as: Margery and Philip Yeo 1708-13. Born: Exeter, son of Charles Yeo, bookseller. Apprenticed to Awnsham Churchill citizen and stationer of London 1701. Freeman of Exeter by succession 18/9/1710. Apprentice Daniel Bartlet freeman of Exeter 31/7/1727. Subscribed to Walker's Sufferings of the clergy 1714. Imprints: 1708: Smith; 1709: Dagge; 1710: Ley, Mules; 1711: Musgrave, Winkleigh; 1712: Danvers, Gibbs, Ham; 1713: Ham, Jenkinson; 1714: Capitolinus, Musgrave, Peach; 1715: Musgrave (2 titles); 1716: Musgrave; 1717: Musgrave, Newcombe; 1718: Burrough, Rayner; 1721: Ley; printed forms 1710-22. Sources: Plomer; Dickinson; McKenzie; Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries v.4, p.114; Attwood; Worth p.501.