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Sue Pitt

John Baker & Co, Wheeldon Works

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Does anyone have any information, please, about this cutlery firm?  Apparently there was a strike at their works some time between 1892 and 1900 which led to the closure of the firm, and I am trying to find out more.  I'd also be interested in any photos of the Wheeldon Works (on Wheeldon Road).  Thanks!

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3 hours ago, Sue Pitt said:

Does anyone have any information, please, about this cutlery firm?  Apparently there was a strike at their works some time between 1892 and 1900 which led to the closure of the firm, and I am trying to find out more.  I'd also be interested in any photos of the Wheeldon Works (on Wheeldon Road).  Thanks!

Here are a couple of their marks :-

 

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Here's a selection of press cuttings etc.  They are in chronological order and I think tell the story of the firm.  I haven't found a mention of a strike, but there was a huge fire in 1893 quickly followed by bankruptcy proceedings.  John Baker died aged 82 on 29th January 1927 and was buried in Walkley cemetery.

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Wheeldon Street 1890.jpg

 

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I am staggered to have received such comprehensive replies so very quickly!  Thank you all so much.  

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