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George Elliot and Co

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January 1888.
January 1888.
1889. From Engineering of 13th December.

of Bute Docks, Cardiff and Sheffield, wire rope manufacturers.

George Elliot was born in Gateshead, the son of a coal miner. He became a mining engineer.

1840 Elliot owned a colliery, which brought him into contact with the wire rope manufacturer Kuper and Co of Camberwell[1].

1849 Kuper's became bankrupt; Elliot became their sole agent and manager.

1851 Richard Glass and George Elliot took over Kuper's, including a number of cable contracts. To carry these out, they set up a cable manufacturing business in one of Kuper's factories at Morden Wharf, East Greenwich. They armoured part of the cable for the 1851 cross-Channel line which took them into other submarine cable contracts.

1854 Company renamed as Glass, Elliot and Co[2].

1858 Manufacturers of the first Atlantic cable.

1864 The telegraph cable business was separated and carried on by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co Ltd. George Elliot and Co was set up to take over the manufacture of wire rope at new works in Newcastle and Cardiff, convenient for the many collieries that Elliot owned. This company continued for nearly a century.

1889 Works established at Cardiff[3]

1901 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Wire rope manufacturers. Speciality: locked coil wire ropes. [4]

1931 The firm was acquired by Bruntons of Musselburgh not later than February 1931[5]

1937 Supplier of Tru-Lay Ropes[6]

1962 George Elliot and Co of Cardiff was acquired by British Ropes Ltd, with its eight subsidiaries including William Terrell and Sons[7].

See Also


Sources of Information

  3. National Archives: Glass, Elliot and Co
  4. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  5. National Archives: Glass, Elliot and Co
  6. The Times, Jul 15, 1937
  7. National Archives