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1895 Founded in Great Moor St, Bolton by Percy Ritherdon
1902 Advertising for staff. Ritherdon and Co, Salt Pie Yard, electroplating and enamelling works.
The company moved to North Bridge Mill, White Lion Brow shortly after that and remained there until just after WWII.
Percy’s interest in chemistry and magic led to a unusual range of Ritherdon products, initially concentrating on electroplating and enamelling for the Edwardian bicycle boom, but also on making tricks for magicians. Percy worked closely with the magician Chung Ling Soo for several years in the early 20th Century and there was a locked workshop at North Bridge Mill where a select group of Ritherdon employees worked on the very precise fabrication of these magical tricks.
1936 Percy's son George Roland Ritherdon becomes MD.
1947 Moved to Lorne Street, Darwen, Lancs., where it continues to trade today (2017)
See also Ritherdon gallery