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John Shaw and Sons (Wolverhampton)

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of Fourth Avenue, Bushbury, Wolverhampton.

c.1795 John Shaw went into business (at the age of 13)

John Shaw apparently operated from premises in George Street.

1815 Shaw went into partnership with Henry Crane, as Shaw and Crane.

1848 The partnership split up, Shaw continuing in George Street and Crane setting up on his own account in Darlington Street. The firm was now called John Shaw and Sons.

c.1852 Shaw acquired premises at 64 Church Lane, manufacturing pots, pans and coffin plates, and probably other things, as well as continuing to act as a factor.

1858 John Shaw died; two of his sons, T. W. Shaw and Mr. E. D. Shaw, merchants, carried on the business of John Shaw & Sons, in Church Lane.

When Edward and Thomas Shaw died the firm was converted into two limited liability companies:

  • T. E. Thompson and Co. Ltd., which took over the firm's representation in India and the Far East.
  • John Shaw and Sons (Wolverhampton) Ltd. took over the UK end of the business.

The business expanded, selling other firm's products and increasing their own range through acquisition.

1896 Acquired J. and W. Hawkes of Birmingham (established 1831)

1899 Acquired William and Henry Bate of Wolverhampton (established 1849)

1899 Acquired Owen and Fendelow, of Wolverhampton, (established 1770) which incorporated, Windle and Blyth of Walsall, Henry Stuart and Co, Plimley and Co

1906 Acquired Onions and Co, Birmingham

1919 Incorporated as a public limited company

1936 Acquired Jenks Brothers and British Tool and Engineering Co; George Clement Jenks was chairman and managing director of the new combine.

1939 Acquired the factory at Bushbury which had been built for Clyno Engineering Co but had been empty since the company failed.

Early 1950s acquired by Moore and Wright

1970 Acquired by James Neill Holdings[1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times Mar 04, 1970
  • Wolverhampton Local History [1]