Written by project associate Angela Nutting, this case study explores how generations of the Bond family became connected to global trade and the East India Company. Beginning with rope making and Turkey merchanting, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century the Bond family became increasingly involved in the East India Company as captains, writers and seamen. The wealth gained from engaging in global trade allowed the family to establish Dytchley House in Essex. Alongside people and houses, Angela’s case study also evokes the material lives of those involved in the Company and reminds us of the important role ship life played in training young men to set up home.
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