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Thomas Bradburn and Sons

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of Church Street, Birmingham

Rule and Tape Manufacturers

See Thomas Bradburn and his three sons Alfred Bradburn, Thomas Richard Bradburn, and John Albert Bradburn

1851 Rule Maker employing 35 men and apprentices.[1]

1861 Employing 50 men and 10 boys.[2]

1875 Partnership change. '... the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us, the undersigned, Alfred Bradburn, Thomas Richard Bradburn, and John Albert Bradburn, in the business of Manufacturers and Factors, at No. Ill, Great Charles-street, Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, under the firm of Thomas Bradburn and Sons, was, so far as the said Thomas Richard Bradburn is concerned, dissolved on the 31st day of December, 1874. All debts due to or by the late firm will be received and paid by the said Alfred Bradburn and John Albert Bradburn, by whom the said business will be continued...'[3]

1881 'A new material called "silverene," which combines something of the hardness and toughness of iron with the whiteness of Silver, has been successfully, applied by Messrs. Thomas Bradburn and Son, of Great Charles Street, to the jointing of boxwood and ivory rules, for which it seems peculiarly well adapted.'[4]

1887 Partnership dissolved. '... the Partnership formerly subsisting between us the undersigned, Alfred Bradburn and John Albert Bradburn, trading together as Factors and Rule and Plane Manufacturers, in Great Charles-street, Birmingham, in the county of Warwick under the style or firm of Thomas Bradburn and Sons, was dissolved, by mutual consent, by the retirement of the said John Albert Bradburn from the said firm on the 31st day of March, 1881, and the said John Albert Bradburn has not since been a partner therein. All debts due and owing to and by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said Alfred Bradburn alone, who will continue to carry on the said business under the style...'[5]

1892 Company acquired by Edward Preston and Sons.[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 Census
  2. 1861 Census
  3. The London Gazette Publication date:3 August 1875 Issue:24233 Page:3888
  4. Birmingham Daily Post - Saturday 01 October 1881
  5. The London Gazette Publication date:21 June 1887 Issue:25713 Page:3382
  6. Birmingham Daily Post - Saturday 30 January 1892