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Charles Wright

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1922.
October 1951.
Oct 1956.
Oct 1960.
1962.
Oct 1962.
Oct 1966.

of Churchway, Edgware, Middlesex.

and of 88a Snow Hill, Birmingham

1860s - Founded by Charles Wright at Clerkenwell, initially making Crimean war medals and later producing seals, dies and embossing presses.

1900 - Moved to Thorn Bank, Edgware due to the factory growing too noisy for an inner city location.

1920s - The company produced 35,000 First World War medals a day. Charles' son, also named Charles had joined the company by this point and it also became known as Wright and Son.

1935 - Now producing car license plates, the company invents the font that is still used on British license plates to this day.

During the Second World War they had the most remarkable contract was for the metal parts of respirator filters, 94½ million being made between 1937 and 1943.[1]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Number plates etc. [2]. There were 70 workmen employed, together with an office staff of 30.[3]

1970s - The company closes down.


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Sources of Information

  1. A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 4, Harmondsworth, Hayes, Norwood With Southall, Hillingdon With Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Perivale, Ruislip, Edgware, Harrow With Pinner.
  2. 1963 Motor Show
  3. A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 4, Harmondsworth, Hayes, Norwood With Southall, Hillingdon With Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Perivale, Ruislip, Edgware, Harrow With Pinner.
  • [1]History of the Charles Wright font.