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W. and J. Lawley

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December 1954. Britannia Fires.

of Sams Lane, West Bromwich, iron founders

Manufacturers of flushing cisterns, builders' fittings and plumbing brassfoundry (1949)

1881 Private Company established, presumably by William and Joseph Lawley.

1922 Employees 250. Directors: William Lawley, Senr., William Lawley, Junr., Joseph Lawley, J. W. Gaunt. Products: Engineers' castings in soft grey iron, brass and aluminium; builders' and plumbers' brass and ironwork.

1931 Defendants in lawsuit

c.1939 Company incorporated

1949 Public company - offer of shares - manufacturer of builders fittings, etc and plumbing brassware; largest maker of cisterns in the country[1]

1964 Acquired by Valor Group[2]

1969 the Lawley business was renamed Valor Lawley[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 19, 1949
  2. The Times, Feb 19, 1965
  3. The Times, Jul 25, 1969