Fireback showing Richard Lennard, the founder at Brede Furnace, with the tools and products of his trade. His initials appear in a cartouche in the bottom right hand corner. A furnace is shown at bottom, and a wheelbarrow is tipping materials into the top of the furnace.
The letter lists men suspected of piracy at Hastings, Rye, Lydd and Romney, a number of whom are French. They include Frances Maquery from Rye, a French merchant from Dieppe, who also appears elsewhere in the exhibition.
It was in 1797 that the Englishman George Wood set up his business in Forges-les-Eaux.
He concentrated on the production of “fine earthenware”, made according to a technique developed in England in the 18th century, designed to look like porcelain.
Born in Stretford in England and a supporter of the Stuart claimant to the throne, John Holker had to leave his native land for political reasons. When he arrived in the capital of Normandy he joined forces with an industrialist of Darnétal to set up a manufactory.
Commercial shipping registers show the extent of sea trade on ships leaving Upper Normandy.Some ships were shipwrecked before they reached their destination, as was the case of the Amiral which was lost off the English coast near Hastings on 16 January 1792.
This document is a sailor’s apprenticeship contract (1760). It is in the format of a mediaeval chirograph: these documents were drawn up in duplicate, one over the other, and cut through along a zig-zag line or indent so that the two parts could be matched together (this is why these contracts are also called indentures).
In this memorandum the Chamber of Commerce records its views on the navigation and trade treaty of 1786, having sent two representatives to England. It notes that, contrary to the situation in France, English corporations of merchants and manufacturers had been consulted and had managed to have some clauses that might be detrimental to their business deleted.