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Friday, November 11, 2016

History of William Gilpin, Wedges Mills and Churchbridge Works

Trades' Guide, 1879, page 157
William Gilpin was an English tool manufacturer in Cannock, north of Birmingham. The firm operated 2 works near each other, Churchbridge Works and Wedges Mills. Gilpin operated from as early as 1834 to 1946 or later. Grace's Guide has a short page about them. We will try to add to this information.
History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, 1834 

Gilpin brick and moulder's trowels
The Churchbridge Edge Tool and Axle Works, Churchbridge, 1926 - Britain from Above

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