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1949. Leeway.

of Manor Works, Lee High Road, London, SE13. Telephone: Lee Green 4484-7. Cables: "Juveniland, London"

c1892 Established by Harry Stanley Jarvis

1902 Listed under Toy Manufacturer. Patterson Edwards, Green Hundred Road, Peckham. [1]

1907 Listed as Patterson Edwards, 160 Goodrich Road, East Dulwich. (152 Old Kent Road).[2]

1908 Listed as Patterson Edwards, 160 Goodrich Road, East Dulwich. (152 Old Kent Road).[3]

1908 Mentioned 'A cheaper class of toy made in the Old Kent Road, where Messrs. Patterson Edwards produce good strong toys, many of which are retailed at a shilling, sixpence, and even less.'.[4]

1910 Listed as Patterson Edwards, Cedar Lodge, Feltham. (152 Old Kent Road).[5]

1911 Listed as Patterson Edwards, Cedar Lodge, Feltham. (152 Old Kent Road).[6]

1920 Listed as. 'Mr. H. S. Jarvis, Messrs. Patterson Edwards, Culmore Works, Culmore Road, Peckham, London, S.E. 15.'[7]

1920s Hurst Lodge, Lee became the offices of Patterson Edwards and they built a factory to manufacture rocking horses in the grounds.

1923 Henry Stanley Jarvis registered as owner of the Culmore Works. Toy Manufacturer.[8]

1926 August 23rd. Became a limited company.

1929 Listed Exhibitor. Manufacturers of Perambulators, Steel Folders, Invalid Chairs, Toy Prams, Toy Motor Cars, Toy Bicycles and Tricycles, Horses, Wheelbarrows, and Strong Toys generally. (Stand No. E.6) [9]

1931 Employed 300.

1947 British Industries Fair Advert as Manufacturers of "Leeway" Baby Carriages, Folding Baby Cars, Push Chairs and Invalid Chairs. Wheeled and Mechanical. Metal and Wood Toys. 'Supreme in Quality, Foremost in Design'. (Toys and Games Section) [10]

1950 Listed as. 'Patterson Edwards Ltd., 125-127, Lee High Road, London'[11]

1955 The Leeway trade mark was registered in 1955 and it is these rocking horses which are often found now.

1966 News item 'Once more the horse is being overtaken by the car. This will be the last Christmas for Leeway's hand-carved rocking horses, which have been made for 75 years by Patterson Edwards in Lea Green. The reason is that the apprentice who took over from 65-year-old Mr George Brown in June left a few weeks ago, and there is no one to replace him. Mr Brown reckons that he carved 35,000 horses during his 40 years with the firm. The horse's successor? Most probably a plastic Mini pedal-car.'[12]

c1970 Company moved to Orpington

1981 Petition to wind up the company.[13]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1902 Kelly's Directory
  2. 1907 London, England, Electoral Registers
  3. 1908 London, England, Electoral Registers
  4. Sheffield Weekly Telegraph - Saturday 26 December 1908
  5. 1910 London, England, Electoral Registers
  6. 1911 London, England, Electoral Registers
  7. The Edinburgh Gazette Publication date:27 August 1920 Issue:13627 Page:1942
  8. The London Gazette Publication date:17 April 1923 Issue:32815 Page:2820
  9. 1929 British Industries Fair Page 132
  10. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 185
  11. The London Gazette Publication date:19 September 1950 Issue:39021 Page:4705
  12. The Tatler - Saturday 26 November 1966
  13. The London Gazette Publication date:26 August 1981 Issue:48719 Page:10999
  • [1] Old Rocking Horses
  • [2] Yahoo! Answers
  • [3] Google Books