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of Leeds - presumably the same as Joseph Watson and Sons
c.1820 A hide tanning business was established by Watson at Woodside, Horsforth, 5 miles NW of central Leeds. The business was an adjacent diversification from the small family farm, which covered the area between today's Outwood Lane and Broadway, with further rented ground to the south east.
c1848 The company established by Joseph Watson dealing in hides and skins.
By 1865 seems to have become Joseph Watson and Sons
1880s Employed sixty workers and eleven clerks
1922 Rt Hon Joseph Watson, first Baron Manton, of Joseph Watson and Co, Whitehall Soap Works, died.