Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 145,064 pages of information and 230,729 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Test: House Style

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Page Titles and new pages

  • Check that the page doesn't already exist, but under a slightly different title by using a broad search term and checking carefully. If the name doesn't exist then then you will get an option to create a new page.
  • Never use the '&' (ampersand) in a page name - it will probably never be found again! There can also be problems with any character that is not one of the 26 + 10 alphanumeric characters...
  • Always abbreviate 'Company' to 'Co' in page names
  • Do not use 'Ltd' / 'plc' and similar in page titles as companies change their legal status during their life-time

Page Content

  • Body text should be short paragraphs (unbulleted) and commence with a year or full date whenever possible.
  • Paragraphs are listed in date order, so list by earliest reference first.
  • Where most of the page information comes from a single source then include that under the 'References' section in the page footer

External Links

Adding an image

  • The house style is to use thumbnail images, aligned to the right, in chronologically order.
  • Image should be compressed and set to a max width of 760 px. This speeds up the page download times.

Category Assignment

  • Assign as many suitable categories as possible referring to the All Categories list as necessary.
  • All company pages should have a category 'Town - xxxx' or 'Country - xxxx'
  • All person pages should have categories for 'Biography' and 'Biography - xxxx' and 'Births - #### - ####' and 'Deaths #### - ####'
  • Be free to create new categories.


  • For person pages, add in the default sort script the Surname first followed by Forenames, so that it will appear in the correctly in alphabetical order within it's category listings.
  • For an example, please use the edit tab to view the 'hidden' script below.


  • All pages need the following code at the bottom (immediately before the 'Category' tag) (Use Edit tab to see the code)

See Also


Sources of Information