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James Gibbons

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Makers of locks and architectural ironmongery, of Wolverhampton.

This was a family-run firm which expanded greatly under the 6th generation chairman, Francis Gibbons.

1833 Factors, of Charles St, Wolverhampton[1]

1876 Francis Gibbons joined the firm

1879 Lock manufacturers, of St Johns Works, Church Lane, Wolverhampton[2]

1902 Brass founders, of Church Lane[3]

1904 Brass founders, of Winchester house, Victoria square[4]

1912 Iron casement manufacturers of Church Lane[5]

1920 Private company.

1925 Brass founders and Iron casement manufacturers of Church Lane[6]

1937 Brass founders, Iron casement manufacturers, Ornamental Iron Workers, Safe manufacturers, of Church Lane[7]

1938 Art metal workers, Brass founders, Iron casement manufacturers, Non-ferrous castings manufacturers, Ornamental Iron Workers, Safe manufacturers, of Church Lane[8]

Post WWII: The firm was incorporated

1946 Francis Gibbons retired.

1958 Company made public.

1961 Manufacturers of metal windows in bronze, aluminium and steel, and Windowall a special design of aluminium curtain walling. Also manufacture locks and builders' hardware, art metal work, cloakroom fittings, metal furniture, hospital and mortuary equipment. 900 employees. [9]

1978 TI James Gibbons sold its key and lock making activities to Evered Security Products[10]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1833 Bridgen's Directory of the Borough of Wolverhampton
  2. 1879 Steven's Directory of Wolverhampton
  3. 1892 Wolverhampton Red Book
  4. 1904 Kelly's Directory of Birmingham
  5. 1912 Wolverhampton Red Book
  6. 1925 Wolverhampton Red Book
  7. 1937 Wolverhampton Red Book
  8. 1937 Wolverhampton Red Book
  9. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  10. The Times, Feb 09, 1978
  • Frank Gibbons [1]