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Molineaux, Webb and Co

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of Kirbv-street, Canal-street, Manchester (1842)

of Ancoats, Manchester.

1820s: A number of Warrington glassmen moved to the Ancoats area of Manchester to set up new glass businesses.

1827 The company Maginnis, Molineaux, and Company opened at Kirby Street, Ancoats. The founders were William Maginnis, Thomas Molineaux, Boulton Molineaux, Owen Ellis and Thomas Webb as

1831 The partnership spilt. The firm was then known as Molineaux, Webb, Ellis, and Company

1842 Molineaux and Webb were Flint glass manufacturers

1848 The business became Molineaux, Webb, and Company

After several changes of name and leadership the company was controlled by the Webb family from the 1860s.

1887-1929: The company was known as Molineaux, Webb, and Company Limited

WWI: Gave up production of tableware; concentrated on lighting, chemical and medical goods[1].

1929 The company went into liquidation, and passed out of the hands of the Webbs soon afterwards.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Glass-Making in England, by H. J. Powell
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