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A. Brown and Sons

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A. Brown and Sons Ltd., of Perth St., West, Hull, E. Yorks.

Founded by Anthony Brown (1829-1880) as a booksellers and publishers at 3 Prospect Street.

1872 Anthony's son John became a partner in the business, not trading as A. Brown and Son.

1877 More land was purchased to expand the business at 26 & 27 Saville Street. This year Anthony's second son Walter Brown came into the business and it was subsequently renamed A. Brown and Sons in 1880.

1895 Acquired 28 & 29 Saville Street, with a printing works established at West Street under the name of Brown Brothers.

1905 A. Brown & Sons were founded as a private company under the name of A. Brown & Sons Limited, and in 1906 John Brown became the first chairman of the company.

1911 saw the creation of the School Stationary Manufacturing Department in purpose built accommodation at 19-21 Dock Street.

1928 A warehouse was built at Perth Street West to deal with the expanding business. The Letterpress Printing Works opened in 1929 with the printing works, stationary manufacturing, school contracts & export department all brought together under one roof.

c1930s Makers of registers/forms and school equipment.[1]

The Saville Street premises were destroyed in an air raid in 1941.

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Sources of Information

  1. Typed donated document - 'Some Sources of Meteorological Instruments and Equipment (date unknown but possibly circa 1930s.)