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George Cradock and Co Wire Rope Works and Wire Drawing Mills of Wakefield.
George Cradock senior began to manufacture hemp ropes in Darlington.
The business was carried on by him and George Cradock junior for a considerable time
c.1853 George Cradock junior, after some time in Stockton, took his hemp rope manufacture business to Wakefield.
1853 Company established.
1854 The firm began to manufacture wire ropes as an additional product
1881 Gave up the manufacture of hemp ropes, excepting those for use in the centre of its own wire ropes, to concentrate on wire rope.
1881 Advert Lang's Patent Wire Rope.
1885 Opened wire-drawing mills
1889 30-ton wire-rope closing machine. 
1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Wire ropes. 
1891 'MESSRS. CRADOCK and Co, Wakefield, have been awarded the contract fo r the supply of wire ropes to the Tramway Funiculaire de Belleville, Paris.'
1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Awarded Gold Medal for metallurgy. 
1900 The firm started making its own steel.
1900 June. Royal Agricultural Show at York. Showed steam plough wire ropes. 
1914 Wire rope manufacturers and engineers. Specialities: steel wire and pig iron ropes for all purposes, special Nuflex and lock coil ropes for winding, sinking and balance ropes, Lang's lay ropes, aerial ropeways, suspension bridges, Blondins or cableways. Employees 400. 
1917 Advert for steel wire ropes. 
1919 Advert for steel wire ropes. 
1920 Jan. Issued calendar. 
1920 May. Issued catalogue on locked-coil rope.