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Thomas's preserved sketches are of 18th century items such as clock casings, clothes
chests, chests of drawers, doors, spice boxes, church pews, tables, cradles, bannisters,
chairs and squabs (settees). He travelled around the Fylde area doing both domestic
and ecclesiastical work. The main author, Bill McCartney, points out in his introduction
that currently it has not been possible to find any furniture made by Thomas still
in family hands.
Designs for a pulpit and a church gallery are included in these fascinating pages.
Which church they were crafted for is unknown. (There are similar style fixtures
at the old St John the Baptist church, Pilling). One of Thomas’s domestic customers
was one Eling (Eileen?) Grimbildstone who wanted a made-to-order “Dresing Teble.”
Throughout the book measurements, details of costs, expenses, payments, itemised
listings of timber, jottings regarding accounts, financial borrowings and mathematical
calculations show Thomas’s eye for detail.
Other unexpected jottings listed (and commented on) include a supposed cure for worms
- not the timber-eating creepies.
The background notes which form the introduction to the book explain how Thomas’s
notebook came to be found, preserved and transcribed, as well as details of the Noblet
family and their relations, the Jolly family, over several centuries.
The book is clearly of both specialist and wider interest.
Co-author Dr Adam Bowett of the Regional Furniture Society says Noblet’s notebook
is “… a unique survival from the period, and it contains some of the earliest drawings
and descriptions of a number of key eighteenth-century furniture archetypes. Most
remarkable … is the fact that it comes, not from London or some other urban centre,
but from a tiny village on the Fylde of Lancashire.”
More generally the book will be of interest to local and family historians. Numerous
family surnames from the period covered by the book are extant in rural Fylde and
The authors are to be commended for shedding light on this generally overlooked area
of domestic, ecclesiastical and workaday history.
* The book is available from William McCartney, priced £12.99 (plus packing and postage).
He can be contacted at: email@example.com
Title: The notebook of Thomas Noblet; joiner from the Fylde in Lancashire
Authors: William McCartney and Adam Bowett ISBN: 978-1-9996303-0-0
The cost of family tree tracing for genealogical sleuth Bill McCartney included getting
a bloodied leg when a dog attacked him at the gate of a farmhouse in Wrea Green.
The hound’s owner turned out to be distantly related to Bill and not only related,
but the custodian of an unsorted treasure trove of family, local and craftwork history
– the brightest gem of which was an old notebook dated 1725.
This reproduction of joiner Thomas Noblet’s workbook (along with opposite page facing
transcriptions and notes) forms the basis of this fascinating and highly unusual
paperback. These days if you want some furniture or a piece of woodwork it’s a simple
as a visit to a trading estate. Not so in the 1700s, when master craftsman Thomas
Noblet was at work, painstakingly carrying out his craft in the rural Fylde.