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Christy Brothers

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May 1938.

Christy Brothers and Company, of Chelmsford, Essex, electrical contractors.

1883 Company founded.

1891 Dissolution of the Partnership between Fell Christy, Frank Christy and James Alfred Norris, carrying on business as Electrical Engineers, at Chelmsford, under the style or firm of Christy, Son, and Norris. All debts received and paid by the continuing firm of Christy Bros.[1]

1903 Christy Brothers and Middleton applied for order to allow electricity distribution[2]:

  • Crediton Electric Lighting

1906 Dissolution of the Partnership between Frank Christy, Leonard Fell Christy, and William Middleton, carrying on business as Consulting and Contracting Electrical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineers, at Chelmsford, in the county of Essex, under the style or firm of CHRISTY BROTHERS AND MIDDLETON, so far as concerns William Middleton; the said business has been acquired by Christy Brothers and Company Limited.[3]

1908 Applied for order to allow electricity distribution[4]:

  • Holsworthy Electric Lighting

1910 Applied for orders to allow electricity distribution[5]:

  • Aldeburgh Electric Lighting
  • Pateley Bridge Electric Lighting
  • Portishead and District Electric Lighting.

1914 Applied for order to allow electricity distribution[6]:

  • Mid-Somerset Electric Lighting

Public company

1928 Winding up of Bradninch and District Electric Supply Co at the company's office in Chelmsford; Alfred Arthur Gates of the company was appointed liquidator[7]

1932 Shareholders' meetings held to consider scheme of arrangement[8]

1936 AGM of Christy Brothers and Co; part of the business was operating certain electricity undertakings including North Somerset Electric Supply Co., West Devon Electric Supply Co., and of various other Electric Supply and other Companies. Had taken up the extra shares in the West Devon company

1948 Merged with Christy and Norris to form the Christy Brothers Group

1961 Electrical contractors and manufacturing electrical engineers, producing switchboards and control equipment. 315 employees. [9]

1972 Decline in profit; G. Christy stood down as chairman.

1974 Proposed merger of Winn Industries, Christy Brothers and Webb-Nash which would be achieved by Winn purchasing the shares of Christy and the shares in Webb-Nash not held by Christy[10]. Shares suspended but the acquisition did not proceed.

1976 After extensive reorganisation and disposal of the electrical contracting and financial services businesses, the company applied for relisting of its shares; the manufacturing product operations of Christy and Norris and Christy Electrical were responsible for the majority of profits[11]

1984/5 Acquired R. Hunt and Co; presumably became Christy Hunt

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 5 May 1891
  2. The London Gazette 27 November 1903
  3. London Gazette 16 Nov 1906
  4. The London Gazette 27 November 1908
  5. The London Gazette 25 November 1910
  6. The London Gazette 24 November 1914
  7. The London Gazette 5 October 1928
  8. The London Gazette 15 July 1932
  9. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  10. The Times, January 25, 1974
  11. The Times, July 29, 1976