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John Bibby, Sons and Co

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Business established by John Bibby

1838 John Bibby, Sons and Co bought the copper smelter, the Ravenhead Copper Works, from William Keates[1]

The business also had copper-rolling works at Garston, Liverpool[2]

1861 Arbitration took place between Messrs John and J. J. Bibby and the Seacombe Mill Company and the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board[3]

1868 NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between the undersigned, James Jenkinson Bibby, John Bibby the younger, and Richard Gilbert, as Merchants of Silver, Copper, Brass, Lead, and other metals, at Liverpool, as Copper Smelters at St. Helen's, and as Copper and Yellow Metal Manufacturers at Garston, all in the county of Lancaster, under the firm of John Bibby Sons and Company, was dissolved, as regards the said Richard Gilbert, on the 27th day of November, 1868.—Dated the 10th day of October. 1874.
Jas. J. Bibby. John Bibby. Richard Gilbert.

1872 the partnership between James Jenkinson Bibby, Frederick Richards Leyland and John Bibby, Junior as Ships' Husbands and Commission Agents, at Liverpool, under the firm of John Bibby, Sons, and Co., expired by effluxion of time on the 31st day of December, 1872.[4]

1873 The steamship business of John Bibby, Sons and Co was acquired by Frederick Leyland, and the company name changed to Frederick Leyland and Co; the metals business was continued under the name of John Bibby, Sons and Co[5]

1874 The partnership of James Bibby and John Bibby trading as John Bibby Sons and Company, was dissolved on the 10th day of October, 1874.[6]

1878 James Pitcairn Campbell left the partnership with John Bibby the younger and Edward Bibby. as Merchants in Copper and other Metals, and as Commission Merchants, in Liverpool, Copper Smelters, at St. Helen's, and Copper Rollers, at Garston, under the firm of John Bibby, Sons, and Co.[7]

1883 Edward Bibby left the Partnership with John Bibby, Merchants and Copper Smelters and Copper Rollers, carried on by them at Liverpool, St. Helen's, and Garston, in the county of Lancaster, under the style or firm of John Bibby, Sons, and Co.[8]

At some point became the copper rolling works at Garston became John Bibby, Sons and Co (Garston); the smelters at St Helens were a separate concern. On the death of his father, John Bibby, Junior, in 1898 his son John Hartley Bibby took on the management of both concerns[9]

1907 Close association established with Broughton Copper Works

1928 Acquired by Broughton Copper Works (1928) on its flotation as a public company[10]

1933 Broughton Copper Works (1928) was acquired by ICI Metals Division

1943 Company liquidated; the assets were taken over by ICI Metals Ltd.

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Sources of Information

  1. Some founders of the Chemical Industry [1]
  2. The Times Nov 29, 1938
  3. records of IMI, Birmingham archives [2]
  4. London Gazette 3 January 1873
  5. The Times, Jan 01, 1873
  6. London Gazette, 20 October 1874
  7. London Gazette 1 July 1879
  8. London Gazette 3 July 1883
  9. The Times, Nov 29, 1938
  10. The Times , Feb 24, 1928