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of 40 Coleman Street, London, EC
of Newton, near Liverpool
1849 Company established.
1880 Dissolution of the Partnership between George McCorquodale, Charles Edward Hamilton, Alexander Cowan McCorquodale, and George Frederick McCorquodale, carrying on business as Printers and Manufacturing Stationers, at Newton-le-Willows, in the county of Lancaster, at No. 17, Change-alley, in the city of London, at Cardington-street, Middlesex, at the Armoury, St. Thomas-street, Southwark, in the county of Surrey, at Basinghall-street, Leeds, in the county of York, and at Maxwell-street, in the city of Glasgow, is this day dissolved by mutual consent.
1880 Incorporated as a limited company.
1911 Printers for the Railways.
1914 Printers, lithographers, engravers, stationers, bookbinders. 
1927 Diversified into security printing with acquisition of Blades East and Blades
1937 Further acquisition of cheque printers, Charles Skipper and East
1961 Public company
1962 Acquired George Falkner and Sons, a cheque printer based in Manchester.
1980s Further diversification into publishing, including John Wisden and Co Ltd, publisher of the Cricketers Almanack
1986 Proposed merger with Norton Opax was referred to the Monopolies Commission