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Hi, I've just come across your enquiry dated 3 year's ago (!) enquiring about Etherington Pianos of Richmond.
I am the grandson of the original owner and wondered if you are still interested.
I would love to receive a photograph of your Etherington piano, especially showing the maker's label.
If so, please let me know at the following address, what you would like to know, and I will try and collect up some information for you.
malcolm-etherington2 (at) supanet (dot) com
I had not previously heard of the name Etherington in connection with pianos but would be interested for any background information.
ETHERINGTON'S NEW PREMISES
Those who are familiar with Richmond, Surrey, will have noted the Corporation improvements which have been going on recently, and the widening of the- main thoroughfare, in which there is now much traffic. This has involved some changes among shopkeepers, notably the erection of new premises in George Street for Messrs. Etherington, the well-known pianoforte firm. The new premises, which have been erected from the designs of Smith and Brewer, architects, of Richmond, has a frontage of 42ft. It is a magnificent building fronted with Doulton's Carrara ware. There is a staircase leading up to the first floor, which forms quite an imposing concert hall, which will seat about 175 people. These fine rooms will be used in connection with the old premises in Hill Street, a portion of which, it is said, will be used as a gramophone room. It is interesting to trace in these fine premises another instance of progress in trade. The business of Etherington's was established in Twickenham in 1792, being transferred to Richmond in 1830. In the shop may be seen framed the indentures of -James Etherington, who was apprenticed to his father in 1816. Another change was made in 1842, vrhen it was moved to the corner of Hill Rise, on the death of James Etherington, being again transferred to 18 and 19, Hill Street. At that time the style of the business was altered to Etherington and Son, the late Mr. Etherington dying in 1904. It is now carried on by Mr, E. D, Etherington, and is an exceedingly prosperous business, Etherington's pianos being widely advertised and justly popular.
(James Etherington was my Gt. Gt. Gt. Grandfather)
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