John Bridge / John Gawler Bridge

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John Bridge / John Gawler Bridge

Postby JeffS » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:09 pm

Hi
I have just found your fascinating site whilst searching for information on John Bridge & John Gawler Bridge (of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell) and I wondered if anyone could point me towards sources of information? Reading posts it looks as though I need to find a copy of Grimwade as a starting point.

JGB was an ancestor, although no information (or money!) has come down through my side of the family. This obviously started my interest, but I have become intrigued by the history of the firm and the characters of John Bridge and Philip Rundell from the little that I have found to read

I have in the past managed to find a few odd articles on the firm, and there are now some snippets on the web, but a not a lot. A brief undated article by Charles Oman (Models for Royal Plate) talks of John Bridge being the impoverished cousin of a wealthy farmer, also John Bridge, of Wynford Eagle, Dorset. Farmer John had become a friend of George III and he reputedly introduced his cousin to the King, and the rest is history. However, many years of research has failed to find this familial link, other than at least one marriage between the two families, and I would be delighted if anyone knows any more?

I do hope this is not too off topic. I did enjoy the Philip Rundell postings and hope this is in a similar vein
Many thanks
Jeff

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Re: John Bridge / John Gawler Bridge

Postby dognose » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:50 pm

Hi Jeff,

Welcome to the Forum.

A good starting point would be John Culme's Nineteenth-Century Silver. It's an excellent book that contains a huge amount of information about the trade in general. There is quite a lot of detail regarding John Bridge and the firm of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell to be found within the pages of this book.

Keep us in touch with anything interesting that you come across during your research, and at some point in the future, it would be great if you could put pen to paper and write a potted history of your ancestor for the forum.

Regards Trev.

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Re: John Bridge / John Gawler Bridge

Postby JeffS » Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:12 pm

Thanks Trev
I'll see if I can order a copy from the library and will, in the fullness of time, write up what I can find out
Best wishes
Jeff

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Re: John Bridge / John Gawler Bridge

Postby dognose » Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:04 pm

Hi Jeff,

Another that you must add to your list is: Paul Storr, 1771-1844, Silversmith and Goldsmith by N. M. Penzer. It contains quite a lot of information on John Bridge.

Trev.

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Re: John Bridge / John Gawler Bridge

Postby Granmaa » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:04 am

Hi Jeff,

John Culme also wrote a piece on Philip Rundell in the Silver Society Journal which might have something on your man.
A devoted attention to business: An obituary of Philip Rundell 2/91

Miles

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Re: John Bridge / John Gawler Bridge

Postby rmbridge » Fri May 19, 2017 3:28 am

John Bridge left much of his fortune to his 4 surviving nephews, John Gawler, Thomas, Robert and Alfred Charles.

You write that you descend from John Gawler his eldest nephew. Robert (1794-1857) the third nephew was my direct ancestor. So on the face of it you and I are distantly related.

I am retired and have spent many happy hours tracing the Bridge family back to Thomas Bridge of Little Bredy, Dorset (d. 1675/6) who removed from there and took a tenancy of the Tucking Mill at Piddletrenthide, Dorset and researching onward to the present generation.

When I commenced family research I thought that only a handful of Robert's descendants were what remains of the family but I recently learned there are those who flow from John Gawler, of which you are one.

Should this reach you please reply so we can take this further. Robin Miles Bridge

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Re: John Bridge / John Gawler Bridge

Postby dognose » Fri May 19, 2017 3:41 am

Hi Robin,

Welcome to the Forum and thank you for sharing the information regarding the Bridge family with us.

Trev.

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Re: John Bridge / John Gawler Bridge

Postby rmbridge » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:17 pm

JeffS wrote:Hi
I have just found your fascinating site whilst searching for information on John Bridge & John Gawler Bridge (of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell) and I wondered if anyone could point me towards sources of information? Reading posts it looks as though I need to find a copy of Grimwade as a starting point.

JGB was an ancestor, although no information (or money!) has come down through my side of the family. This obviously started my interest, but I have become intrigued by the history of the firm and the characters of John Bridge and Philip Rundell from the little that I have found to read

I have in the past managed to find a few odd articles on the firm, and there are now some snippets on the web, but a not a lot. A brief undated article by Charles Oman (Models for Royal Plate) talks of John Bridge being the impoverished cousin of a wealthy farmer, also John Bridge, of Wynford Eagle, Dorset. Farmer John had become a friend of George III and he reputedly introduced his cousin to the King, and the rest is history. However, many years of research has failed to find this familial link, other than at least one marriage between the two families, and I would be delighted if anyone knows any more?

I do hope this is not too off topic. I did enjoy the Philip Rundell postings and hope this is in a similar vein
Many thanks
Jeff

I have just learned how to reply.
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as I too trace to John Bridge but via his yopungest brother Robert ( 1759-1836) and have been researching the history of the Bridge family of Piddletrenthide. Robin M. Bridge


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