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Baldwin, Son and Co

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ironfounders and manufacturers of cast iron, tinned and enamelled hollow ware, of Foundry Street, Stourport-on-Severn

1788 Thomas Baldwin (1751-1823) moved from Shrewsbury to Stourport to take advantage of its location on the emerging canal system[1] and established an iron foundry. At some point, Thomas established the company Baldwin, Son and Co

The foundry was expanded by Thomas's sons George Pearce Baldwin (1789–1840) and Enoch Baldwin (1793–1857).

1828 Iron founders and whitesmiths, Foundry Street[2]

1835 Iron merchants and founders[3].

1840 After George Pearce Baldwin's death, Enoch went into partnership with his two eldest nephews, Pearce (1813–1851) and William (1817–1863), dealing in tinplate, later forming E. P. and W. Baldwin.

1850 Baldwin, Son and Co were listed as ironfounders at Stourport[4].

c1857 George's youngest son, Alfred Baldwin (1841-1908), at the age of sixteen, became a partner in Baldwin, Son and Co which also operated worsted spinning mills at Stourport[5]. Enoch's second son, Enoch (1823-1905), was also involved in the business from the start of his working life[6]. Other members of the Baldwin clan ran a carpet manufactory at Bridgnorth, and a paper mill at King's Norton.

1863 William Baldwin died; he had been senior partner in the companies of Baldwin, Son and Co and Baldwin Brothers of Stourport, and E. P. and W. Baldwin of Wilden and Wolverhampton[7].

1863 The businesses were split. Control of E. P. and W. Baldwin passed to Alfred Baldwin and his two surviving brothers, George (1826–1881) and Stanley (1828–1907). However, the latter's bad management and drinking, combined with a trade depression, brought the firm close to bankruptcy in the late 1860s[8]. It is presumed that Enoch Baldwin took on the senior role at Baldwin, Son and Co.

1870 Alfred Baldwin raised £20,000 and bought out his brothers to take sole control of E. P. and W. Baldwin which by then also had operations at Wilden Ironworks. He moved to Wilden House overlooking the forge. Subsequently he was responsible for the rapid growth of the firm and established a reputation as a benevolent employer and as a patriarch of the Wilden district[9].

1879 Baldwin, Son and Co took out a patent on enamelled ware, offering a coating that did not crack or chip and was suitable for culinary uses[10].

1880 Mr Enoch Baldwin was the principal/senior partner in the business of Baldwin, Son and Co; he stood for Parliament as Liberal candidate for Bewdley[11] and won the seat[12].

1881 Manufacturers of cast, turned and tinned holloware, hinges and builders ironmongery.[13].

1885 Enoch Baldwin left Parliament.

1886 Dissolution of partnership of Enoch Baldwin, Alfred Baldwin and Edward Arthur Baldwin trading as Baldwin, Son and Co, holloware manufacturers and enamellers[14]. Re-registered as a limited company of similar name, of Southport[15]

1892 Presentation by the workforce of Baldwin, Son and Co Ltd to Mr Enoch Baldwin on the occasion of his 70th birthday[16].

1937 Cast-iron butt-hinge manufacturers[17]

1953 Death of Gerald Kenrick, formerly managing director of Baldwin, Son and Co[18].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Biography of Stanley Baldwin, by Stuart Ball, ODNB
  2. Pigot and Co.'s Directory, 1828-29. [Part 2: Notts - Yorks and N Wales]
  3. Pigot and Co.'s Directory of Derbys, Herefordshire ... , 1835
  4. Post Office Directory of Birmingham, Staffordshire and Worcestershire, 1850
  5. Biography of Alfred Baldwin, ODNB
  6. The Times, 13 July 1880
  7. Berrow's Worcester Journal, 23 May 1863
  8. Biography of Stanley Baldwin, by Stuart Ball, ODNB
  9. Biography of Alfred Baldwin, ODNB
  10. Berrow's Worcester Journal, 27 September 1879
  11. Birmingham Daily Post, 1 July 1880
  12. The Standard, 13 July 1880
  13. Birmingham Daily Post, 10 May 1881
  14. Berrow's Worcester Journal, 4 December1886
  15. The Engineer 1886/08/06
  16. Berrow's Worcester Journal, 3 September 1892
  17. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  18. The Times, 30 April 1953