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Ward and Goldstone

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of Frederick Road, Salford

of Dutton Street, Salford

Maker of electrical cables and accessories

1892 Founded by James Henry Ward and Meyer Hart Goldstone.

1900 Donated flexible cable to the Transvaal War appeal[1]

1905 Offering the Wargold petrol electric lighting set [2]

1908 Combined water motor and dynamo for charging accumulators (see advert)

c1910 Made the Atlantic wireless transmitter for Gamages

1919 Mechanical engineers. Public company incorporated[3]

1920 Volex motorcycle lighting set.

1922 Employees: 850. Directors: M. H. Goldstone, A. A. Goldstone, J. H. Ward and L. B. Goldstone

1937 Cables. [4]

Manufacturers of Volex electrical accessories.

1968 Was one of 3 companies that supplied complete electrical systems to car makers; had 25 percent of the British market[5]

1975 12 factories in the North West of England were on strike[6]

c.1983 After being in deep trouble, the wiring and electrical accessories company changed its managements and its name to Volex Group and soon returned to profit[7]

1983 Closure of the cables division in Salford[8]

1984 The security products business was sold[9]


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 29, 1900
  2. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1999. ISBN 1 873098 50 2
  3. The Times, Sep 24, 1919
  4. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. The Times, Jul 22, 1968
  6. The Times, Jul 01, 1975
  7. The Times, Nov 27, 1984
  8. The Times, Aug 09, 1983
  9. The Times, Aug 07, 1984