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Richard Perry, Son and Co

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c.1740 Messrs Perry set up a japanning business [1]

1828 Richard Perry was in business in Temple St, Wolverhampton as a japanner[2]

1835 Richard Perry, Son and Co, japanners, of 7 Queen St[3]

1842 Richard Perry, Son and Co, tinplate workers, of Temple St[4]

1851 Edward Perry wrote to The Times on behalf of himself and his brother and his father's firm R. and G. H. Perry, concerning the indicting of 5 workmen[5]

1872 Japanners, of Temple St, Wolverhampton[6]

1880 Japanners and tin plate workers, of Temple St, Wolverhampton[7]


However, there is a different story in W. H. Jones's book "The Story of Japan, Tin-Plate Working and Bicycle and Galvanising Trades in Wolverhampton" (1900)[8]:

Richard Perry, Sons and Co, set up by Richard Perry and his son George, was in Brick-kiln Street. Father and son had both been japanners in the Old Hall works and struck out on their own. Jones gives no further information about this firm until we find his reference to Edward Perry's nephews, the Lees Brothers, carrying on the firm of Richard Perry & Sons.

On Edward Perry's death they acquired his business, possibly by inheritance. It was, almost certainly, a much larger concern. It therefore seems that the company known as Richard Perry, Sons & Co, was a direct continuation of Richard Perry and George Perry's firm and incorporated Edward Perry's business.

It is not clear what is the basis for Jones' information since no references are included in the extract quoted.


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Sources of Information

  1. IMI archives at Birmingham [1]
  2. 1818 Pigot's Directory
  3. 1835 Pigot's Directory
  4. 1842 Pigot's Directory
  5. The Times, Aug 12, 1851
  6. 1872 Post Office Directory
  7. 1880 Kelly's Directory
  8. [2]
  • History website: [3]