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Nov 1919.
January 1920.
Dec 1921.
June 1924.
May 1925. Dunelt.
November 1926.
November 1926. Dunelt.
October 1935. Sheffield Dunelt.
November 1935.
1945 October. Dunelt.
April/December 1947.
February 1952.
April 1952.
November 1958.
1960. Sheffield.

Dunford and Elliot of Maritime Buildings, Queen Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

of Attercliffe Wharf Works, Sheffield (1921) (1935).

1893 Brokers, iron and iron ore merchants, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, late Elliott, Lowrey and Dunford[1].

1900 A revolving cylinder engine on the Ljungstrom crankless principle. [2]

1901 Steel importers and merchants, coke merchants, of High St, Sheffield; head office Newcastle-upon-Tyne[3].

1905 Steel importers and merchants, of Lancaster St, Sheffield[4].

1911 Steel merchants, of Attercliffe Wharf, Sheffield[5].

1917 Advert for hollow shafting. (of Attercliffe Wharf, Sheffield) [6]

William Beardmore won control of Dunford and Elliott, encouraging the firm to diversify into the manufacture of motorcycles and cars.

1919 Dunelt motorcycles, an offshoot of Dunford and Elliott, displayed its first motorcycles.

1937 Steel manufacturers and engineers. "Dunelt" Carbon, Alloy, Stainless Steels. [7]

1940 Advert for hollow steel bars (of Attercliffe Wharf Works)[8]

1945 Advert for hollow steel bars (of Attercliffe Wharf Works)[9]

1953 Placing of the share capital on the Stock Exchange[10], makers of rolled steel bars and sections for the motor car, aircraft and engineering trades; hollow drill steel for mining; drying plant for the food industry, and industrial process controllers.

1967 One of the larger steel companies not subject to nationalisation[11]

1967 Merger with Hadfields at the instigation of the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation to increase the size of the units of the industry so as to be able to justify reinvestment[12].

1968 The group consisted of - [13]

1968 Dunford and Elliott (Sheffield) would become the holding company for the group; Dunford Hadfields would constitute the steel operations; Newell Dunford Engineering would hold the engineering activities[14]

1969 Osborn-Hadfield Steel Founders, 59 percent owned by Samuel Osborn and Co and 41 percent by Dunford and Elliott[15] was acquired by Weir Group for merging with their foundries.

1970 Merger with the privately-owned Spartan Steels and Alloys[16].

1973 Acquired Brown, Bayley Steels[17], which was run along side Dunford Hadfields

1977 Dunford Hadfields foundry closed[18]

1977 Johnson and Firth Brown failed to acquire Dunford and Elliott, which between them shared the British market for forged rolls [19].

1977 Company acquired by Lonrho partly as a consequence of fending off further bid from Johnson and Firth Brown[20].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Kelly's Directory of N & E Ridings of Yorkshire, 1893
  2. The Engineer of 6th April 1900 p362
  3. White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham, 1901
  4. White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham, 1905
  5. White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham, 1911
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p103
  7. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  8. Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p124
  9. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p
  10. The Times, 9 February 1953
  11. The Times, Apr 26, 1967
  12. The Times, 7 February 1969
  13. The Times, Friday, Jan 05, 1968
  14. The Times, May 01, 1968
  15. The Times, Jul 25, 1969
  16. The Times, 27 June 1970
  17. The Times Nov 22, 1973
  18. Competition Commission report on William Cook, 1990
  19. The Times, 3 May 1977
  20. The Times, 8 March 1978

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