John Murch worked in the Honiton area of Devon between 1823 and 1830. He was the son of William Murch of Exon, Devon. His father, William, was a linen draper. Murch served a seven year apprenticeship from 1684 with William Cory, a goldsmith of London and Warminster. By 1694 he was in Plymouth. Murch established himself as a silversmith in 18th century Plymouth. Plymouth was the ideal city to set up in business as it was a wealthy, bustling and vibrant city with many silversmiths and artisans. Exeter also had many skilled silversmiths, and as a result, an assay office was established in Exeter in 1700. He became a well-known silversmith, and like many others, he worked in other jobs to supplement his income. He is listed as a surveyor of Highways for St. Andrews parish in 1709. He designed and produced a variety of items, some of which have become very collectable. Many items are now held in museums.