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Dent, Allcroft and Co

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1947

of 17-19 Stratford Place, London, W1. Telephone: Mayfair 6581. Cables: "Dentco, London"

of Worcester, Warminster and Torrington

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1777 [1] Bachelor brothers, John Dent and William Dent, founded the firm, known then as J. and W. Dent and Co in Worcester, soon gaining additional premises in London.

In 1801 Jeremiah Macklin Allcroft was apprenticed to John Dent.

By 1822 Allcroft had become a partner in the firm.

1853 A factory was built at Warmstry House, in Worcester, used for leather glove production.

1855 The business became known as Dent, Allcroft and Co. By this time Jeremiah and the Dent brothers had retired, and John Derby Allcroft, Jeremiah's son by his first wife, was running the company.

1884 Under John Derby's management, annual production quadrupled to over 12 million pairs in 1884 and Dents became the premier glove producer in the world.

1937 The company acquired A. L. Jefferies and moved to Warminster, Wiltshire. [2]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Gloves of all types in Leather, Fur, Simplex and Rayon, also Quality Suedewear and other kinds of Leather and Sports Clothing. (Earls Court, Ground Floor, Stand No. 239) [3]

2008 Company now part of the Dewhurst Dent Group.

Dents are still in business, based in Warminster, Wiltshire; the London and Worcester factories having closed.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Caught in the Act
  2. Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair p82