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of 76 Cheapside, London EC.
of Wharncliffe Works, Arlington Street, London.
1851 Company established - presumably Hobbs and Co by Alfred Charles Hobbs.
1857 Introduced strong room
1865 Improved security method applied to safes
1887 Incorporated as a Limited Company.
1887 The company was registered on 8 July, to take over the business of the firm of this name, manufacturers of locks, safes and strong rooms. 
1914 Manufacturers of locks, safes and doors. Specialities: locks and lock furniture, combination bolts, strong rooms and bullion vaults, fire resisting bullion and jewel safes, wrought iron and steel doors.