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Hydes and Wigfull

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1875. Bennison's rotary pump.
1883. 50 inch Ordinary cycle.
December 1889.
May 1896.
February 1899.
1912. Fencing, gates, hurdles etc.
1923. Rotary Pumps.

Engineers of Stanley St, Sheffield.

Thomas Hydes and William Wigfull

1870 Advert. '88, MARKET-PLACE AND STANLEY STREET, SHEFFIELD. THOMAS HYDES to announce that he has taken into PARTNERSHIP his late MANAGER Mr. Wm. Wigfull who has been long and favourably known to his connection, and that in future the business will be carried on under the name and style of HYDES AND WIGFULL. This course has been rendered necessary by the large increase of the business, Thomas Hydes finding himself single-handed - unequal to the proper discharge of its responsibilities. HYDES and WIGFULL have every confidence that this Re-arrangement of the Business, by which its Wholesale, Retail, and Manufacturing Branches will be under their own immediate superintendence, will result in a greater increase and the more speedy and satisfactory execution of Orders enrusted to them by their Friends and Customers. HYDES and WIGFULL having completed Annual Stock-Taking, find a tremendous amount of Surplus Stock, and are determined to offer the whole (Machinery excepted), at an Reduction....{Long list of types of items follows}'[1]

1873 Company registered [2]

1874 Exhibited the 'celebrated Stanley Bicycle' at the Yorkshire Agricultural Show.[3]

1876 Exhibitor at the Royal Agricultural Show at Birmingham with a direct-acting steam pump and a fire-engine with water cart for farm village purposes. [4]

1881 Listed as a Bicycle Manufacturer. 88 Market Place and Stanley Street, Sheffield, and 2 Praed Street, London [5]

1889 Early makers of bicycles [6]

1889 Sole rights to manufacture the Matthewson's Steam Dryer for sand blasting. [7]

1911 Engineers contractors, maker of Tortoise stoves, pump manufacturers, wire workers, iron gates, fencing and hurdle manufacturers[8]

Sole maker for North of England of C. Portway and Son’s “Tortoise” Stoves

1927 Advert for rotary pumps. [9]

1939 Advertising for staff. Of Stanley Street, Sheffield.[10]

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Sources of Information

  1. Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Thursday 27 January 1870
  2. The Times, Dec 24, 1877
  3. Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Saturday 25 July 1874
  4. The Engineer of 21st July 1876 p57
  5. 1881 Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire
  6. Cycling. The Badminton Library. Viscount Bury and G. Lacy Hillier. 1889.
  7. The Engineer of 22nd Feb 1889 p161
  8. White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham, 1911
  9. Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p24
  10. Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 22 August 1939