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1947. Three Castles.

of Tannery, Exeter, Devon. Telephone: Exeter 2636. Cables: "Tannery, Exeter"

c.1830 Business founded

1875 Dissolution of the Partnership between Arthur Edward Tremlett and Alfred Wilson, both carrying on business at Commercial-road, in the city of Exeter, as Tanners and Fellmongers. The business would be carried on by Alfred Wilson and also Charles Henry Tremlett, whom Alfred Wilson has admitted into partnership with him.[1]

1884 Dissolution of the Partnership between Alfred Wilson and Charles Henry Tremlett, lately carrying on business at the Commercial-road, in the county of the city of Exeter, as Tanners and Fellmongers, under the style or firm of Wilson and Tremlett[2]

1895 Dissolution of the Partnership which has for some time past been carried on by Walter William Tremlett, Arthur Edward Tremlett and Charles Henry Tremlett under the firm of Tremlett Brothers at Exeter in the trade or business of Tanners. Arthur Edward Tremlett and Charles Henry Tremlett would carry on the business[3].

1920 AT an Extraordinary General Meeting of Tremlett Brothers Limited, it was decided to wind up the company in order to reconstruct it; Charles E Tremlett was chairman[4]

1934 Public company incorporated which acquired as a going concern Tremlett's Tannery Co Ltd[5]. Tremlett's Tannery Co Ltd was then wound up; Charles E Tremlett was chairman[6]

1946 Acquired the Sellwood Brothers tannery[7]

1947 British Industries Fair Advert as Manufacturers of "Three Castles" Bends, Soles and Insole Leather for the Manufacture and Repair of Boots and Shoes; also for Dressing and Mechanical Purposes. (Leather Goods Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 408b) [8]

1949 Major fire at the Exeter site but the effects were mitigated to an extent by moving work to another tannery[9]

1968 After several years of poor profits, the company decided to dispose of its Exeter site and to diversify the business[10]

1969 The leather business was transferred to Barrow, Hepburn and Gale[11]

1970 Acquired Richard Sizer of Hull from Hawtin Industries[12]. Exited the tanning business.

1970 Acquired the engineering processing machinery division of Rose, Downs and Thompson from Davy-Ashmore; the new unit was close to the existing subsidiary of Richard Sizer in Hull[13] [14]

1972 Sold Thomas Robinson, Sons and Co to Ralli International[15]. Acquired Melbray[16]. Sold Kenneth E. Beswick to Dubilier[17]. Acquired Reiss Engineering Co of Stanmore[18]

1973 Acquired F. A. Standen from Hawtin[19]. Sold the print and packaging interests to Jefferson Smurfit[20]. Acquired Peerless Industrial Securities (previously Peerless Built-In Furniture)[21]. stock market quoted was suspended.

1974 Sold Rosedown Holdings to Simon Engineering[22]. Acquired Tower Assets[23]

1975 Capital reconstruction was necessary because of the financial deficit arising from Tower acquisition[24]. Sold 5 timber and materials companies to International Timber to reduce debt - these were George and Tudor, Waterman and Ross, Shepherd Brothers (Somerset), J. W. Jacob and Irvin and Sellers[25]

1977 The holding company was acquired by a private company with Danish connections[26]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 26 Oct 1875
  2. London Gazette 16 Jan 1885
  3. London Gazette 14 Jan 1896
  4. London Gazette 13 April 1920
  5. The Times, May 14, 1934
  6. London Gazette 15 May 1934
  7. The Times Apr 06, 1946
  8. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 361; and p278
  9. The Times, Apr 14, 1950
  10. The Times, Dec 05, 1968
  11. The Times, Nov 11, 1969
  12. The Times, May 20, 1970
  13. The Times, Oct 17, 1970
  14. The Times, Jun 17, 1971
  15. The Times Jul 12, 1972
  16. The Times, Feb 05, 1972
  17. The Times, Aug 25, 1972
  18. The Times, Dec 28, 1972
  19. The Times, Jan 27, 1973
  20. The Times, Mar 03, 1973
  21. The Times, Oct 13, 1973
  22. The Times, Mar 01, 1974
  23. The Times, Mar 02, 1974
  24. The Times , May 23, 1975
  25. The Times, Nov 04, 1975
  26. The Times, Apr 15, 1977