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Alfred Hickman

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Alfred Hickman Ltd, steel makers, of Bilston

Early 1880s: Alfred Hickman, who up to that time had been making pig iron at Spring Vale Furnaces, formed an auxiliary company Staffordshire Steel and Ingot Iron Co[1]

1897 The Staffordshire Steel and Ingot Iron Co was amalgamated with the Springvale Furnaces to become Alfred Hickman, and the Spring Vale site continued to expand.

1897 In connection with a large increase in the capital, the name was changed to Alfred Hickman. [2]

c1900 The company employed around 1,500 people.

The site expanded around the turn of the 20th century, and in 1907 the first electric-powered mills were installed.

1911 An open-hearth furnace was built and additional furnaces were constructed during the First World War.

1920 Stewarts and Lloyds acquired the blast furnaces, steelworks, and ironstone mines of Alfred Hickman, Ltd., and of their subsidiary, Lloyds Ironstone Company, Ltd. Hickman's Bilston works retained the name 'Alfred Hickman Branch' for some years after this. They produced high-quality carbon and low alloy steels for the production of seamless tubes

1925 The business went into voluntary liquidation, and since then operated as a branch of Stewarts and Lloyds.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Aberconway The Basic Industries of Great Britain by Aberconway: Chapter XX
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908