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
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