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of Smethwick, Birmingham and Berners Street, London, W1. Telephone: SMEthwick 0891. Telegraphic Address: "Conservatory, Birmingham"

Henry Hope and Sons

1818 Company founded.

1898 Public company.

1902 Horticultural buildings, hot water apparatus and waterproof casements etc. of Lionel Street. [1]

1904 Henry Hope and Sons Ltd, a firm which specialized in making metal windows, roof glazing, and central heating, purchased some land at the corner of Dartmouth Road and Halford's Lane.

1905 The company built its Halford Works.

1914 Manufacturers of steel and bronze windows, casements, sashes, leaded lights, patent glazing, constructional steelwork, hardware, lead work and heating and ventilating installations. Employees 600. [2]

1919 The works was gradually extended, and in 1919 all business was transferred to Smethwick.

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Hope's Metal Windows. Steel, Factory, sash. Patent Glass Roofing, Lantern and Skylights. Ventilator operating Gear. continuous Opening Lights, electrically or hand controlled. Pressed Steel Door and Window Frames. Hardware and Rainwater Heads. (Building, General Heating and Cooking Section - Stand Nos. B.717 and B.616) [3]

1946 Joint venture formed with John Thompson Engineering called Doorframes Ltd to operate a plant ordered from USA before WW2[4].

1951 Partner in new venture Crittall-Hope (Rhodesia) Ltd with Crittall Manufacturing Co, John Thompson Beacon Windows, Porters Industrial Enterprises Ltd and Crittall-Hope Metal Windows (South Africa) Ltd[5].

1950s By the late 1950s the factory covered 10 acres.

1961 Manufacturers of steel and bronze and aluminium casements, steel sashes, metal windows, patent roof glazing, hardware, steel door-frames, pressed metal work, opening gear and lantern lights. 2,500 employees. [6]

1965 The firm merged with Crittall Manufacturing Co of Braintree, Essex, another firm which made metal windows, doors, and casements, to form Crittall-Hope Ltd. Braintree became the new company's headquarters and the Halford Works its Smethwick Division. The merger escaped reference to the Monopolies Commission because the proposals stemmed from before the Commission was established, even though the combine would have 40 percent of the UK market for metal-framed windows[7]

Hopes Heating and Lighting

Address and telephone as above. Telegraphic Address: "Conservatory, Telex, Birmingham". (1937)

Established 1818

1929 Patent - Improvements relating to hot water heating installations.

1929 Patent - Improvements relating to hot water supply and heating systems.

1937 Listed Exhibitor British Industries Fair. Exhibit consists of mechanical Stokers for Lancashire Boilers and heavy general purpose underfeed types. Technical advice given on Industrial heat and Pressure Control Problems. Automatic Domestic Heating Equipment also exhibited. (Building, General Heating and Cooking Section - Stand Nos. B.815 and B.726)


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Sources of Information

  1. Kelly’s Trade Directory 1902
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p531; and p375
  4. The Times, 9 August 1946
  5. The Times, 5 December 1951
  6. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  7. The Times, Mar 13, 1965