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Charles Early and Co

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April 1946. Earlywarm.
December 1960.

of Witney Mills, Oxfordshire.

Makers of Witney blankets.

1674 Business established by Thomas Early

1810 Birth of John Early, Junior in Witney[1]

1829 The firm of John Early, junior, and Company were blanket makers in Witney.[2]

1862 John Early died and his son Charles Early took over his share of the business, running the blanket-making business which became Charles Early and Co in 1864.

1871 Employing 75 men and 67 young persons[3]

1881 Employing 200 hands[4]

1882 Death of John Early (junior) in Witney[5]

1890s The business employed 400 workers.

1910 In June, the company became a private limited company.

1914 Directors: Charles William Early, J.P., James Vanner Early, James Harold Early, and Edward Cole Early.

1921 Company absorbed Edward Early and Co.

WW2 Business was making 700,000 blankets a year.

1951 Company became a public limited company.

1960 Company merged with James Marriott and Sons, another blanket-maker, to form a new company Charles Early and Marriott (Witney).

1981 The company changed its name to Early's of Witney.

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. London Gazette 6 November 1829
  3. 1871 census
  4. 1881 census
  5. National Probate Calendar