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Ormiston Wire

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of Isleworth

1793 James Ormiston founded the business, and it continued in the Ormiston family ownership to present day (2015). First address was 22 Bread Street, London

1839 Priest Shrubb Ormiston took over running the business

c1843 Registered as the Ormiston Brass and Copper Co

1848 Moved to 26 St. Martin's lane

1865 Moved to 209 Upper Thames Street

Bought W. J. Johnson for £1,250 when they had financial diffculties and moved to their premises in Old Street

1880 Registered as Philip Ormiston and Co and listed as Brass and Copper Manufacturers and Fine Wire Drawers.

c1898 Philip Joshua Ormiston takes over running the business

Moved to 79 Clerkenwell Road

1912 Philip Herbert Ormiston took over the business but when he died age 39 his wife Dorothy took over the running

1917 Listed as P. Ormiston and Sons

1932 John Ormiston took over the running of the business

1941 April 21st. Clerkenwell Road premises hit by a bomb. Machines rescued and repaired and moved to Ealing.

1959 Premises at Broughton Road built

1989 Moved from Ealing to Isleworth

2015 Company still trading. Web site

See Also


Sources of Information

  • A Short History of the Ormiston Wire Company 1793-1993