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Buck and Hickman

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January 1888.
May 1896.
November 1897.
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April 1903.
1906. Automatic bevel gear planer.
1906. Automatic bevel gear planer.
November 1906.
February 1921.
November 1926. Morse.
December 1929.
1934. 10 inch hydraulic helical gear grinder.
March 1939.
April 1945.
May 1950. Bench and Pedestal Grinders.
December 1950.
1964. Title page of their 1964 product catalogue.
1965. The du Mont corp.

of 2 and 4 Whitechapel Road, London. Branches at Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow

Matthew Buck, a saw maker from Sheffield, went to London and set up in business near Waterloo station.

His daughter Ann Buck married John Roe Hickman (1806-1847), a printer, who dies in 1847. Ann then opens a shop named Buck and Co.

Her son, John Roe Hickman (1829-1904) is apprenticed to his uncle George Buck and later goes into partnership with him and the business then becomes Buck and Hickman

1856 Partnership dissolved. George Buck and John Roe Hickman of Tottenham Court Road. Tool manufacturers.[1]

1861 Advert. Buck and Hickman, Steam Grinding Mills, 281 Whitechapel Road, next to church.[2]

1864 John Roe Hickman, saw and tool maker, Whitechapel Road.[3]

1894 Catalogue of machinery. B&H are manufacturers and factors. [4]

1900 Catalogue of fine mechanical tools. [5]

1902 Becomes a private limited liability company with John Roe Hickman as chairman

1907 Advert for "Brown and Sharpe's and Starrett's fine tools on exhibition and in stock". Rules, micrometers, gauges, calipers etc. [6]

c1930 Charles George Twallin becomes chairman and remains until the 1950s

1940 Advert for tools. [7]

1945 Advert for tools and supplies. [8]

1956 Leeds branch opened

1958 Bristol branch opened

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Tools. [9]

1974 The family business is bought by the Sterling Guarantee Trust

1974 Moves headquarters from Whitechapel site to Sheffield

1984 Southampton branch opened

1985 Aberdeen branch opened

1987 Crawley branch opened

1988 Ashford and Ellesmere Port branches opened

c1990 Becomes part of Charles Baynes

Acquires Pillar Engineering and UK Tools

2001 Company bought by Premier Farnell

2007 Bought by BSS Group

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Sources of Information

  1. Perry’s Bankrupt Gazette - Saturday 08 March 1856
  2. East London Observer - Saturday 05 October 1861
  3. Perry’s Bankrupt Gazette - Friday 02 September 1864
  4. The Engineer of 13th April 1894 p315
  5. The Engineer of 19th October 1900 p402
  6. Pocket-Book for Mechanical Engineers by David Allen Low. Published 1907 by Longmans, Green and Co
  7. Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p71
  8. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p85
  9. 1963 Motor Show