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Rylands Brothers

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Nov 1919.
Dec 1921.
Dec 1921.
1924. Ryland Brothers Works.
1924. Heavy Wire Drawing Mill.
1924. Mill for Continuous Drawing Through Three Holes.
1924. Wet Mill for Continuous Drawing of Fine Wire.
1924. Making Springs for Wire Netting.
November 1961.

Rylands Brothers Ltd., of Warrington, Cheshire, manufacturers of wire and wire products.

Telephone: Warrington 426. Telegraphic Address: "Wire, Warrington".

1805 Company founded as John Rylands and Son.

1868 Incorporated as a limited company.

1869 Private company.

1910 Pearson and Knowles Coal and Iron Co, which had had an "acquaintanceship" with Rylands Brothers for some years and supplied feedstock to the company, purchased Rylands Brothers [1].

1914 Wire manufacturers. Specialities: iron and steel wire, wire netting and wire ropes of every description. Employees 1,700. [2]

1926 Director, Gordon H. Fraser died on 3rd February following an operation in London.

1930 As a result of the amalgamation of the Pearson and Knowles group of companies with the Wigan Coal and Iron Co, 2 new companies were formed to hold the coal and steel interests separately. The iron and steel business, the Lancashire Steel Corporation, would hold the interests in Rylands Brothers[3].

1935 See Rylands Brothers:1935 Review

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Iron and Steel Wire and Wire Products Galvenized by "Crapo" Process. Barb Wire, Wire Strand. "Rylink" Chain Link Fencing, "Rylock" Hinged Joint Fencing, Mattress Wire, Wire Nails in all sizes. (Stand No. A.526). [4]

1961 Manufacturers of wire, wire netting, wire nails, barb wire, woven wire fencing and chain link fencing. 2,000 employees. [5]

1967 Nationalisation of Lancashire Steel which became part of British Steel

1973 British Steel sold its carbon- and mild-steel wire-making activities at Warrington (Rylands and Whitecross) and at Middlesbrough (Dorman Long) into a new company Rylands-Whitecross, jointly owned by Tinsley Wire Industries and British Ropes[6]

The company is now a subsidiary of Carrington Wire.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 26 September 1910
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. The Times, 22 May 1930
  4. 1937 British Industries Fair p409
  5. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  6. The Times, Aug 17, 1973