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J. W. Singer and Sons

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Office nameplate on display at Frome Museum
Metal pressing dies on display at Frome Museum
1897 Herbert Morris and Bastert overhead crane from the foundry of J. W. Singer and Sons, on the site of Singer's foundry in Frome

of Frome, Somerset

1852 Company founded by John Webb Singer.

1871 Employing 8 men and 4 apprentices.[1]

1899 Public company. The company was registered on 26 June, to acquire a business of art metal workers. [2]

Makers of many important bronze statues.

1914 Amalgamated with Spital and Clark of Birmingham

1922 Manufacturer of ornamental ironwork, including gates, railings, etc. Heavy cast bronzework, including doors, screens, ornamental figures and statutary.

1961 Metal workers specialising in hot pressings in brass, bronze and copper. 460 employees. [3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  4. [1] Frome Museum - 'History of Singers'