Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,138 pages of information and 233,680 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
1884 Company founded.
1911 Private company formed - see Wildt and Co
1946 Company made public.
1956 Reconverted to private, presumably when became part of Sears Holdings
1958 Name changed.
1961 Manufacturers and merchants of hoisery and knitting machines, also manufacture knitted fabric. 1,500 employees. 
1973 Queen's Award for export