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Edward Early and Co

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Edward Early (1775-1835) was using the north-east portion of New Mill as a spinning mill, in partnership with his brother John (1783-1862) and their brother-in-law Paul Harris.

Edward Early had a son, also called Edward, who entered the blanket making business

The firm of Edward Early and Sons was prominent in the Witney industry for much of the 19th century. They concentrated on handloom weaving and mop-making at their factory at West End, Witney and also leased Farm Mill from before sometime 1841 until the early 1860s.

1850s There seems to have been considerable rivalry between Edward Early and Sons and John Early and Co. despite their close family ties

1859 the notepaper of Edward Early and Sons stated that they had "No connection with any other Firm by the name of Early"

1869 Dissolution of the Partnership between Edward Early and Henry Early, as Blanket and Woollen Manufacturers, at West End and New Mills, Hoiley Witney, in the county of Oxford, under the style or firm of Edward Early and Son. Edward Early carried on the businesses on his own sole account.[1].

Charles Early took over Edward Early and Son's business in West End, Witney, which was run as a subsidiary company.

1921 Absorbed by Charles Early and Co

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 5 Jan 1869
  • [1] Witney Blankets