|GR: Gillows of Lancaster
Written by JulieW
(11/5/2003 9:41 a.m.)
I thought you might be interested in a site which shows some of Gillows Furniture.
The Gillows factory was situated in Lancaster(a very beautiful and ancient town)
The Judges Lodgings( where Judges on the "circuit" lived while dispensing judgment in their district ) is now a museum and holds a fine collection of Gillows furniture,as well as their archive.
See here for a picture of some of the men who worked there in teeh 20th century;
It is worth bearing in mind that in the 18th century, dining tables would not , as a rule , be displayed permanantly in the middle of a room as shown in the picture above.
Dan Cruickshank (sigh)in his marvellous book ,Life in the Georgian City notes that;
"If a gateleg table was used for dining, it would be folded after use and placed against the wall in the dining room, in the hall or in an adjoining room.If it were a table formed with leaves(as above-JW), then after use the ends of the table could be placed against the wall as pier tables,and the extra leaves and pedestals stored or used in other rooms as occasional tables."
Indeed ,Jane Austen in 1800 describes a table used like this , in a letter to Cassandra:
"The two ends put together form one constant table for everything, and the centre - piece stands exceedingly well under the glass
So things are not always as we would assume them to be.......
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