Blue plaque № 11834 in Sidmouth

No 3 High Street (now No 10). From 1849-92, this early Victorian house was home to Harriet (1812-92) and Samuel Chick II (1811-80), son of Abigail and Samuel Chick I of Berry Barton, Branscombe. Abigail's business acumen transformed cottage lace industry of Beer and Branscombe, just as her son's business was to open up nationwide market to lace makers of Sid Valley. Materials supplied and completed "sprigs" were returned for making up in rear upstairs workroom. Sent to London and sold by their son, Samuel Chick III from 5, Newman St., as "Honiton" lace (reputation gained in late 18th c. for lace trade which was in decline due to changing fashions.
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