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Crosskill and Co

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Crosskill lamp post adjacent to Beverley Minster

of Beverley, Yorkshire

1825 Business established by William Crosskill, a whitesmith, who made articles in cast iron, such as railings and lamp standards for the Beverley gas undertaking - see William Crosskill

During the Crimean War the firm produced over 3,000 army carts and wagons and some ordnance: yet in 1855, when trade in Hull was depressed as a result of the war, the bank foreclosed.

1855 Crosskill made his business over to trustees for the benefit of his creditors

From 1857 the business is referred to as Crosskill and Co

By 1861 the works were being run by the trustees for William Crosskill

1861 William's sons, Alfred and Edmund, carried on business in Beverley as A. and E. Crosskill; in 1864 this became William Crosskill and Sons

1863 The Iron works were put up for sale

1864 The firm was sold to a company led by Sir Henry Edwards, the Conservative M.P. for the town.

After 1864 the firm was continued under the name of the Beverley Iron and Wagon Co

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