The Winsor Suite is interesting in the sense that it begs one to ask the question. What became of the moulds after the closure of Matthew Turnbull ltd in 1953?
The popular belief is that the Turnbull Family were involved in Wear Flint Glass Company, at long last we find Thomas Turnbull in the partnership of the Deptford Flint Glass Works with William Booth – see below Notice from the London Gazette, 1832. Thomas Turnbull is the father of Matthew Turnbull Ltd, Cornhill Glass Works Sunderland (1859 – 1953).
NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership here to
Subsisting between and carried on by us, as Flint Glass-
Manufacturers, at Deptford, in the County of Durham, under the firm of Booth and Company, has this day been
Dissolved by mutual consent; as witness our hands the 18th day of September 1832.
Thomas Turnbull- 1836
It is interesting that Thomas Turnbull with John Booth was involved in partnership with William Ferry at Carr-Hill, trading as Flint Glass Manufactures under the style of Ferry and Company. The company was declared bankrupt in 1836.
John Booth was at one time the Manager of the Union Flint Glass Manufactory at Bromley. He is probably the brother of William Booth. He is listed in 1842 as living at Stuart Street Spitalfields an agent for William Booth glass at Deptford.
Church Street, Deptford, Township of Bishop Wear Mouth, Sunderland, Co. Durham
Thomas Turnbull Senior (Grandfather Thomas Graham Turnbull) age 58 Glassmaker was married to Mary age 49. They had 5 children
George, 17, Glassmaker - born about 1824
Matthew, 16, Forge man, born 1825
Isabella, 13, born about 1828
James, 6, born about 1835
Mary, 2 born 1837.
We can see that Matthew Turnbull was involved in the glass industry at an early age.
Matthew Turnbull’s son (Thomas Graham ) was married to Elizabeth Ann Morgan and they had four daughters Meta age 9 –Elizabeth age 8 – Hannah age 6 and Doherty age 1. They had 4 servants. This is an indication that the business was prosperous. They had previously lived with Matthew Turnbull’s brother George at 52 High Southwick Sunderland. One of Thomas Graham daughter’s (Elizabeth or Hannah) was involved in operating the business during 1944-1953.
The Turnbull Clan believe;
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Turnbull Clan Genealogy Collection
English Pressed Glass 1830-1900 Raymond Slack
I wish to thank the librarian in Trinity College Dublin Ireland for given me access to the resources in the library.
See web link below
There is a large collection of goods book in the library on English Pressed Glass including the POTTERY GAZETTE AND GLASS REVIEW which I have use for some references.
POTTERY GAZETTE AND GLASS REVIEW in 1970 - it became Tableware International.
I also had some help from
The best reference book on Davidson Glass with 1 page on Mathew Turnbull LTD
Davidson Glass A History available from Chris and Val Stewart
Bagley Glass by Angela Bowey, Derek & Betty Parsons. ISBNO – 473 – 09836/9
Glassmaking on Wearside.
[Newcastle upon Tyne] ([Sandyford House, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1ED]): Tyne and Wear County Council, 1979.
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