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The Sheraton name comes from Durham.  Scurveton was a small
medieval village, now deserted, northwest of Hartlepool.  The
place-name first appeared in 1190.  The death of Stephen de
Schurveton was recorded in 1318.  A change in
spelling and pronunciation evolved over the centuries, first to
Shirveton and then to Sheraton.

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England.  Sheratons owned land
at Elwick near Hartlepool from the early 1600’s and
possibly earlier.  William Sheraton of
this family was a Royalist captain during the Civil War who lost his
estates in
1652 after the defeat.  They were restored
to him following the Restoration.  Sheratons
continued to live at Elwick in the
18th and 19th
century.

However, the
Sheraton name might have languished in obscurity but for a certain
Thomas
Sheraton.  The son of a cabinet maker in Stockton on Tees, he left
the region early in his life to seek his fortune in London. There
he established his reputation as one of the great furniture makers of
the late 18th century.  He was author of the influential Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing
Book. 
His own furniture was characterized by lightness,
elegance, and the extensive use of inlay.  However, his work did
not become popular until after his death and he died in poverty.

Sheratons today are still to be found mainly in Durham.

America.  The Sheraton name
spread to Canada, and also, it would appear, to
Massachusetts.  Robert Sheraton emigrated to Nova Scotia in the
1820’s and
was a merchant in St. John.  His son
James became a professor of theology at Toronto University.
Another Sheraton
family was recorded in Boston in the 1880’s. Possibly this family
started
or ran the Sheraton hotel in Boston that was around in the 1930’s.

Two hotel developers in Boston, Ernest Henderson and Robert Moore,
bought this hotel at that time.  The story goes that the hotel had
a lighted sign on the roof saying “Sheraton Hotel” which was too
expensive to change.  So they decided to call all of their hotels
by this name.  From these humble beginnings sprung the worldwide
Sheraton hotel chain.


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Thomas Sheraton was an 18th century English furniture designer,
one of the big three of the era along with Thomas Chippendale and
George Hepplewhite.
Sheraton was the original name
for the global Sheraton hotel chain now found everywhere.

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  • 2,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Durham)

 

 

 

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