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Credenda Seamless Steel Tube Co

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December 1889.

Credenda Seamless Steel Tube Co of Ledsam St, Birmingham

1880 William Micklewright was appointed works manager

1887 The Partnership ... between William Charles Stiff, Herbert Bacharn Somerville Bennett, and Thomas Williams Piggott, carrying on the business of Steel and Iron Tube Manufacturers, at Ledsam-street, Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, under the style or firm of the Credenda Cold-drawn Seamless Steel Tube Company, has ... been dissolved by mutual consent. The said Herbert Bacharn Somerville Bennett and Thomas Williams Piggott retired ... which was carried on alone by William Charles Stiff[1]

1888 'NEW COMPANY. The following particulars of a new company just registered are taken from the Investors’ Guardian of Saturday :
This company was registered on the 9th inst., with a capital of £100,000 in £10 shares, to take over the business carried on at Ledsham-street, Birmingham, under style of the Credenda Cold Drawn Seamless Steel Tube Company, for £15,000, in pursuance of an agreement of 20th ult. between Sir Joseph Whitworth and Co. and Leonard Tatham. The subscribers [and number of shares] are:-
W. C. Stiff, Ledsam-street, Birmingham, engineer - 1
R. C. Christie, Openshaw, Manchester, engineer - 1
M. Gledhill, Openshaw, Manchester, engineer - 1
H. H. Smith Carrington, Openshaw, engineer - 1
J. M. Gledhill, Openshaw, Manchester, engineer - 1
W. H. Jaques, 107, Victoria-street, S.W., engineer - 1
E. Reid, Openshaw. Manchester, engineer - 1
The number of directors not to exceed seven;....'[2]

1888 Company converted to limited liability. The Birmingham works of the Company were being extended. The company had been originated by Sir Joseph Whitworth and Co of Manchester where the other works were located [3]

1889 the newly formed Credenda Seamless Tube Co bought the Bridge Street factory of the former Birmingham Plate Glass Co and converted it into a tube mill, the Credenda Works.

1892 The Credenda Seamless Tube Co Ltd of Smethwick advertised[4].

1893 Resolution to wind the company up. '...1. "That the Credenda Seamless Steel Tube Company Limited be wound up voluntarily under the provisions of the Companies Acts, 1862 to 1890; and that William Charles Stiff, of 178, Hagley-road, in the city of Birmingham, Engineer, be and he is hereby appointed Liquidator for the purpose of such winding up.
2. "That the Liquidator be and he is hereby authorized to carry the Agreement, dated the 23rd day of February, 1893, expressed to be, made between the Credenda Seamless Steel Tube Company Limited of the first part, the Credenda Tube Company Limited of the second part, and the several persons mentioned in the second-schedule thereto, viz.:— Manassah Gledhill, Herbert Hanbury Smith-Carington, Richard Copley Christie, Richard Smith-Carington, William Robert Lake, and William Charles Stiff of the third part, into effect, and in particular to receive in part compensation for the transfer of the Company's undertaking thereby agreed to be made, the fully-paid ordinary, and preference shares and the deferred debentures mentioned in the Paid Agreement for the purpose of distribution among the Members of this Company. Dated this 24th day of March, 1893. H. H. SMITH-CARINGTON, Chairman.'[5]

1896 The Credenda business was bought by a Birmingham firm, the Star Tube Co

1897 Star Tube Co became part of the combine known as Weldless Tubes (later Tubes Limited).

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 4 October 1887
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, Monday 16th January 1888
  3. The Engineer 1888/02/03 of 3rd February 1888 p101
  4. The Times, 21 March, 1892
  5. The London Gazette Publication date:28 March 1893 Issue:26386 Page:1928