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At Stourbridge, where the English glass industry had been centred since the 17th century,
c.1720 Wordsley Glass Works founded.
1781 Wordsley Flint Glassworks was built in 1781 for John Hill by Joseph Richardson; the works was sold to Richard Bradley.
1796 After Bradley's death, his brother-in-law, George Ensell and the Ensell family continued to operate the glassworks until 1810.
1827 George William Wainwright bought Wordsley Glass Works and returned it to operation with his brother Charles. They recruited Benjamin Richardson, then manager of Thomas Hawkes and Co, to manage the new company. In July 1828, the furnace was relit..
1836, Webb left the partnership to found the firm that would become Thomas Webb and Sons. The third Richardson brother, Jonathan, then joined the firm, which became known as W. H., B. and J. Richardson.
By 1852 this had gone out of business
1853 the company carried the name of Benjamin Richardson.
1863 it was known as Hodgetts, Richardson and Son.
1887 Benjamin Richardson died in 1887 at the age of 85.