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February 1956. Penshurst.


October 1957. Penshurst.
March 1959. Nutley.
December 1960.
November 1963.
November 1990.

of High Wycombe and Chipping Norton (factories)

with shops at 19-20 Berners Street, Oxford Street, London, W1., 33 Kings Street, Manchester, 35 Park Street, Bristol, 43 Temple Street, Birmingham.

1869 Frederick Parker, son of a Finsbury cabinet maker, set up a chairmaking firm in Bracklyn Street.

1890s Frederick Parker was one of the larger East London furniture makers who moved to High Wycombe, contributing to the broadening of the furniture trade in the area.

1898 Moved to 9 Frogmoor Gardens, High Wycombe, becoming one of first local upholsterers.

1900 Parker met the Knoll furniture makers in Stuttgart

1901 Company incorporated F. Parker and Sons Ltd.

1903 Showroom at 20 Newman Street.

1909 Factory at Cowley Peachey.

1920 Moved to Temple End, High Wycombe.

1929 Parkers was offered a new design by Heal's designed by Willi Knoll, with a covered-spring system.

Supplied furniture to the Viceroy’s House, New Delhi and Haile Selassie’s throne, Broadcasting House and the Trust House hotels.

1942 Parker Knoll name introduced.

WWII Manufactured parts for the De Havilland Mosquito [1] Made wing spars for Mosquitos.

1950 Parkertex latex cushions.

1952 Opened Chipping Norton factory, as Cornwell Norton.

Early 1960s acquired G. P. and J. Baker

1967 Acquired Dancer and Hearne which was closed 1970.

Factory burned down 1970; Penn Street used for production.

Chipping Norton was doubled in size, upholstery work was moved to it while woodworking carried on at Wycombe

1971 The two firms merged.

By 1980s owned a large number of companies in furniture and upholstery businesses

1988 holding company renamed Cornwell Parker.

Early 1990s All production moved to Chipping Norton.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Mosquito by C. Martin Sharp and Michael J. F. Bowyer. Published by Crecy Books in 1995. ISBN 0-947554-41-6
  • Furniture Makers of High Wycombe [1]