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Hobbs, Hart and Co

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Strongroom door in Uppark House, West Sussex
1875. Bankers' Strong Room.
Exhibit at Powerhouse Museum.
December 1955.

of 76 Cheapside, London EC.

of Wharncliffe Works, Arlington Street, London.

1851 Company established - presumably Hobbs and Co by Alfred Charles Hobbs.

1857 Introduced strong room

1865 Improved security method applied to safes

1887 Incorporated as a Limited Company.

1887 The company was registered on 8 July, to take over the business of the firm of this name, manufacturers of locks, safes and strong rooms. [1]

1914 Manufacturers of locks, safes and doors. Specialities: locks and lock furniture, combination bolts, strong rooms and bullion vaults, fire resisting bullion and jewel safes, wrought iron and steel doors. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book