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of Tannery, Exeter, Devon. Telephone: Exeter 2636. Cables: "Tannery, Exeter"

c.1830 Business founded

1934 Public company incorporated which acquired as a going concern Tremlett's Tannery Co Ltd[1]

1946 Acquired the Sellwood Brothers tannery[2]

1947 British Industries Fair Advert as Manufacturers of "Three Castles" Bends, Soles and Insole Leather for the Manufacture and Repair of Boots and Shoes; also for Dressing and Mechanical Purposes. (Leather Goods Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 408b) [3]

1949 Major fire at the Exeter site but the effects were mitigated to an extent by moving work to another tannery[4]

1968 After several years of poor profits, the company decided to dispose of its Exeter site and to diversify the business[5]

1969 The leather business was transferred to Barrow, Hepburn and Gale[6]

1970 Acquired Richard Sizer of Hull from Hawtin Industries[7]. Exited the tanning business.

1970 Acquired the engineering processing machinery division of Rose, Downs and Thompson from Davy-Ashmore; the new unit was close to the existing subsidiary of Richard Sizer in Hull[8] [9]

1972 Sold Thomas Robinson, Sons and Co to Ralli International[10]. Acquired Melbray[11]. Sold Kenneth E. Beswick to Dubilier[12]. Acquired Reiss Engineering Co of Stanmore[13]

1973 Acquired F. A. Standen from Hawtin[14]. Sold the print and packaging interests to Jefferson Smurfit[15]. Acquired Peerless Industrial Securities (previously Peerless Built-In Furniture)[16]. stock market quoted was suspended.

1974 Sold Rosedown Holdings to Simon Engineering[17]. Acquired Tower Assets[18]

1975 Capital reconstruction was necessary because of the financial deficit arising from Tower acquisition[19]. Sold 5 timber and materials companies to International Timber to reduce debt - these were George and Tudor, Waterman and Ross, Shepherd Brothers (Somerset), J. W. Jacob and Irvin and Sellers[20]

1977 The holding company was acquired by a private company with Danish connections[21]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 14, 1934
  2. The Times Apr 06, 1946
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 361; and p278
  4. The Times, Apr 14, 1950
  5. The Times, Dec 05, 1968
  6. The Times, Nov 11, 1969
  7. The Times, May 20, 1970
  8. The Times, Oct 17, 1970
  9. The Times, Jun 17, 1971
  10. The Times Jul 12, 1972
  11. The Times, Feb 05, 1972
  12. The Times, Aug 25, 1972
  13. The Times, Dec 28, 1972
  14. The Times, Jan 27, 1973
  15. The Times, Mar 03, 1973
  16. The Times, Oct 13, 1973
  17. The Times, Mar 01, 1974
  18. The Times, Mar 02, 1974
  19. The Times , May 23, 1975
  20. The Times, Nov 04, 1975
  21. The Times, Apr 15, 1977