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Handbill for Sale of Timber at Alnmouth (9th August 1816)


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Handbill for Sale of Timber at Alnmouth - Click for bigger imageA handbill, printed by William Davison, distributed to alert people to the sale of timber at Alnmouth, or Alemouth. American, Norwegian and Scottish timber was on offer. The sale had been delayed owing to the fact the Mr. Thompson, the owner, had needed to attend the Assizes at Durham. William Davison was born at Alnwick, Northumberland, on 16th November 1781. He was the youngest son of William & Mary Davison. After leaving school William junior entered into an apprenticeship with Mr. Hind, a chemist in Newcastle. It is believed William returned to Alnwick in 1802, setting up business as a pharmacist. In 1803 he entered into a short partnership with Joseph Perry, a local printer in Alnwick. William continued to work in the town as an apothecary, pharmacist, and printer until his death in 1858. His printed material remains a unique illustration of the business and social activities present in the Alnwick area during the early and mid-nineteenth century.