Fournier Street (2)

I have been able to find out a bit more information about the house where I had supper in Fournier Street.   It was built in 1725 for a silk weaver called Peter Bourdon – a Huguenot, of course – who would have had a showroom on the ground floor and lived upstairs, with a two-storeyed timber framed building at the back which would have served as a warehouse.   He took out a 99-year lease on 14 December 1725 from Wood and Mitchell who owned and were developing the surrounding estate.   The date 1725 is apparently on a rainwater pipe, but I didn’t spot it.   Bourdon was listed amongst The Eminent Merchants and Traders in 1744 and provided 26 workmen the following year to resist the Young Pretender.   But by 1759, the lease had been taken over by another merchant called Obadiah Agace.

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