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of Holles Croft, Sheffield
1710 Company established.
1787 Directory: Steel Converters. 
1853 '...the Partnership heretofore carried on and subsisting by and between the undersigned, Samuel Gardner, Francis Rokeby Appleby, and Henry Thorpe Skelton and Mr. Charles Appleby, deceased, or between the said Samuel Gardner, Francis Rokeby Appleby, and Henry Thorpe Skelton, and the trustees of the said Charles Appleby, being the said Francis Rokeby Appleby and the undersigned Henry Longden the younger, at Sheffield, in the county of York, as Merchants and Manufacturers, under the style or firm of John Kenyon and Company, has been dissolved and determined, so far only as relates to the said Charles Appleby...' 
1855 Exhibited edge tools at the 1855 Paris Exhibition
1868 '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between the undersigned, Francis Rokeby Appleby, Samuel Gardner, John Kenyon Skelton, and John Henry Waterfall, as Merchants and Manufacturers of Steel Files, Saws, Edge Tools, and other goods at Sheffield, in the county of York, under the style or firm of John Kenyon and Company, expired by effluxion of tune on the 31st day of December, 1867. And that the business heretofore carried on under the said style or firm will be continued by the said John Henry Waterfall in partnership with the undersigned, William Cowley Waterfall, under the style or firm of John Kenyon and Company...'