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The renowned firm of cabinet-makers, Gillows of Lancaster, was founded circa 1730 by Robert Gillow. The firm's reputation rests on the high quality furniture it produced in the second half of the eighteenth century and throughout the nineteenth century. The firm's zenith was reached in the Regency period, and continued to prosper after the departure of the Gillow family from the business in 1813. The firm continued trading under their original name and received the Royal Warrant in 1863. Major commissions the firm carried out for country houses included Glynllifon, Caernarvonshire for the Barons Newborough, Hackwood Park, Hampshire for the Barons Bolton, Tatton Park, Cheshire for the Egertons and Sheffield Park, Sussex for the Earls of Sheffield. Gillows' designs are painstakingly recorded in the City of Westminster Archives. They begin in 1784 and continue to 1899 and comprise some 20,000 patterns for furniture. These designs were never published. The firm jealously protected their designs in order to guard their innovation and preserve the fashionable designs of their patrons.