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Thornley and Knight

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January 1911.
September 1914.

of Bordesley Green, Birmingham

1797 Established

1850 Thornley, Son and Knight became Thornley and Knight

1869 Partnership change. '... the Partnership between 1% the undersigned, Samuel Thornley the elder, Joseph Knight, Samuel Thornley the younger, and William Thomas Knight, of Lionel-street, Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, Manufacturers of Varnish and Printing Ink, is and stands dissolved, so far as respects the said Joseph Knight, who retires therefrom on the date hereof; and that the said trade will henceforth be continued and carried on in copartnership by the remaining partners, under their style or firm of Thornley and Knight....'[1]

1900-1940s Sometime in this period they were makers of japans, enamels for coachwork

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Finishes for bodywork [2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0