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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Charles Early and Co

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December 1960.

of Witney Mills, Oxfordshire.

Makers of Witney blankets.

1674 Business established by Thomas Early

1810 Birth of John Early, Junior in Witney[1]

1829 The firm of John Early, junior, and Company were blanket makers in Witney.[2]

1862 John Early died and his son Charles Early took over his share of the business, running the blanket-making business which became Charles Early and Co in 1864.

1871 Employing 75 men and 67 young persons[3]

1881 Employing 200 hands[4]

1882 Death of John Early (junior) in Witney[5]

1890s The business employed 400 workers.

1910 In June, the company became a private limited company.

1914 Directors: Charles William Early, J.P., James Vanner Early, James Harold Early, and Edward Cole Early.

1921 Company absorbed Edward Early and Co.

WW2 Business was making 700,000 blankets a year.

1951 Company became a public limited company.

1960 Company merged with James Marriott and Sons, another blanket-maker, to form a new company Charles Early and Marriott (Witney).

1981 The company changed its name to Early's of Witney.


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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. London Gazette 6 November 1829
  3. 1871 census
  4. 1881 census
  5. National Probate Calendar