Shadford the Chair Maker

These are examples of pages from a book belonging to Mr. Shadford. He was a chair maker in Caistor. He learned his trade with Mr. Shirley. They both lived in Duck Street, now renamed Fountain Street. Mr. Shirley had a water powered factory in Boggs Lane (now Cromwell View). It is possible that Mr. Shirley rented this off the Shadford family. Photographs are posted on other pages.

There is no certainty that this book originally belonged to Mr. Shirley. It was originally used as a school exercise book as can be seen by the text and mathematics. He wsa both deaf and dumb as can be seen by the notes written by his wife. Not all the notes and sketches are to do with his work but tell us something of everyday life in the mid to late C19th.

The Shadford Chair Maker’s Book is deposited in the Lincolnshire Archives, St Rumbold, Street, Lincoln, LN2 5AB +44 (0)1522 526204. Permission to add this pages to the website has been kindly granted by the Dixon family and Lincolnshire Archives.

These pages have copyright protection and should not be copied without permission from the Lincolnshire Archives.

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Front Cover – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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The sketch shows the view from the top of Fountain Street across the Horse Market. In the top left of the sketch can be seen the chair maker’s workshop and later the print shop (now modern flats). – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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A maths problem shared with a sketch of a bird and a chair. – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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Geometry only. – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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What was more important? Geometry or observing the world around you? Were there visitors or residents of Caistor whose origins were in other parts of the world? – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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Did he make machinery as well as furniture? What would this have been for or is it just a part of a Mathematics lesson? – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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A design for a hopper but it looks as if boredom set it and some additions to the design seemed more appropriate! Is there a self portrait or one of the other chair makers? – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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C1850 he set himself up in business. This must be a design for an early business card. – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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Designs for carts and chairs. Did a bird distract him? – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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A page of designs from the simple – pegs and a dolly to a side board. – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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It is assumed that this is a draft of a letter to be sent to Waddingham. – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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A Ginger Beer recipe and drawings of his chairs. – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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Chair making is hard work and makes you hungry. I wonder if he had any of these for dinner? – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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I wonder if this is drawn from imagination or is somewhere local? – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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Recipes for varnish, oil etc. – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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A draft of an advertisement to let a property on Fountain Street. This was in a row of cottages that sat above the wall to the right of Sypher Spring. – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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Is this a self portrait and his wife? – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives
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A design for a bracket? It does have a note “London, published April 20 1778 by I Taylor, Holbourn, near Chancery Lane…” – Copyright Lincolnshire Archives