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Walker and Hall

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Walker and Hall of Electro-works, Howard Street, Sheffield were silversmiths and cutlers

c.1840 George Walker, a Sheffield cutler, and Dr. Wright, a surgeon of Attercliffe, worked out the process of electroplating and formed a business together, presumably Walker and Co (of Sheffield)

1843 Henry Hall was a Worcester solicitor and a man of business. When electroplating was invented in 1843 (sic), Walker, financed by Hall, set up the first plant in Sheffield, their formal partnership dating from 1845.

1845 Company founded.

Hall married Ann Bingham

By 1852 there were 20 employees

1856 Ann's 16-year-old nephew, John, joined the nineteen employees of Walker & Hall.[1]

1865 Dissolution of the Partnership between George Walker, Henry Hall, and John Edward Bingham, carrying on business at Sheffield, in the county of York, as Electroplaters, Gilders, and Bronzers, and Manufacturers of Silver and Electro-plated Goods, under the style or firm of Walker and Hall, so far as regards George Walker. Henry Hall and John Edward Bingham continued the businesses under the same style[2]

1872 Henry Hall retired from the partnership[3]. John Bingham's younger brother Charles became a partner.

1894 1,500 employees reported. [4]

1900 Charles Henry Bingham, a partner in the firm died in October. [5]

1914 Manufacturers of gold and sterling silver goods, cutlery and electro-plate. [6]

1920 Private company.

1956-64 Peter Inchbald was the Managing Director

1961 Manufacturers of flatware in stainless steel, EPNS and silver; holloware in stainless steel, Britannia Metal, EPNS and silver. 641 employees. [7]

1963 Delta Metal Co and Mappin and Webb formed a joint venture, British Silverware, to hold their interests in tableware products (but not retail). Included the acquisition of Walker and Hall[8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Walker and Hall: The Peter Inchbald Story
  2. London Gazette 12 May 1865
  3. London Gazette 10 June 1873
  4. The Engineer of 9th November 1894 p435
  5. The Engineer of 5th October 1900 p351
  6. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. The Times, Apr 06, 1963