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Oldham and Son

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Battery manufacturers, of Denton, Manchester.

1865 Established, as an engine and machine maker of Denton by Joseph Oldham (b.1832 in Hyde)[1] [2]

Orlando Oldham led a rapid expansion into hat manufacturing machinery and electric safety lamps for miners[3]

1911 Manufacturer of mechanical items for collieries and hat manufacturer.[4]

Orlando's son, John was apprenticed to the company; he developed a battery for the miners' lamps they made (which previously had been made with Chloride batteries), which was the prototype of a major line of products for the business.

1920 Private company.

1920 Patent to O. Oldham, G. Oldham and J. Oldham of Denton for improvements in terminals for batteries[5]

Post-WWI The business was led by Orlando's three sons - John, George and Edward. They took the business into (rechargeable) batteries for radios and then into car batteries

1937 Battery manufacturers. "Oldham" Batteries.[6]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

Post-WWII expansion into overseas markets through exports and by establishing overseas subsidiaries

1947 Company made public.

1960 Advert for batteries for mining.[7]

1961 Manufacturers of electrical equipment, electrical storage batteries, miners' electrical safety lamps, also general engineers, manufacturing fur-felting machinery for the hat manufacturing industry. 1,000 employees.[8]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Batteries.[9]

1965 Following the death of John Oldham, his son Orlando became chairman

1971 Carlton Industries outbid Chloride Electrical Storage Co to acquire Oldhams[10]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. The Times, May 22, 1965
  3. The Times May 22, 1965
  4. 1911 census
  5. The Engineer 1921/01/14
  6. * 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  7. * Mining Year Book 1960. Published by Walter E. Skinner. Advert p559
  8. * 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  9. * 1963 Motor Show
  10. The Times, Dec 31, 1971