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Hardwick Industries

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1947 Nationalization of the collieries in North Debyshire (presumably Hardwick Colliery Co), which was eventually used to establish an industrial holding company, Hardwick Industries[1]

1952 to 1959 The compensation from nationalization was partly distributed to shareholders.

Acquired W. E. and F. Dobson, maker of mining props, one of 3 suppliers to the NCB. Also acquired John Jardine, maker of lace-making machinery.

1956 Dobson's shares were distributed to Hardwick shareholders

1959 Dobsons acquired Hardwick - presumably became Dobson Hardwick, a private company

1961 W. E. and F. Dobson was registered as a private company which allowed its parent, Dobson Hardwick, to be registered as a quoted public company[2]. Hardwick's subsidiaries were:

and shares in a number of textile and lace companies.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Nov 20, 1961
  2. The Times, Jun 30, 1961