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Whitecross Co

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January 1872.
c1912? Found near Upington, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
December 1929.
Wiring gauge discovered in Uruquay in 2020.
Wiring gauge discovered in Uruquay in 2020.

Whitecross Company of Milner Street, Warrington.

1864 Incorporated as a limited company.

1872 Whitecross Wire Company (see January 1872 advert)

1885 Name changed to Whitecross Company.

1914 Wire manufacturers and galvanizers. Specialities: iron and steel rolled and drawn wires, patent steel wires, barb wire, wire ropes, wire nails, wire netting. Employees 1,500. [1]

1920 Wire rod rolling mill. [2]

1932 Lancashire Steel Corporation acquired Whitecross Co of Warrington[3].

1935 See Whitecross Co:1935 Review

1937 Supplier of Tru-Lay Ropes[4]

1960 Steel wire ropes. [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]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Engineer of 10th September 1920 p251
  3. The Times, 20 December 1932
  4. The Times, Jul 15, 1937
  5. Mining Year Book 1960. Published by Walter E. Skinner. Advert p
  6. The Times, Aug 17, 1973