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J. and J. W. Longbottom

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of Holmfirth

Ironfounders, specialising in architectural and rainwater castings.

J & J W Longbottom was formed in the late 1870s as a partnership between brothers Joe and Joshua Woodhead Longbottom, both of Holmfirth. Joshua had trained as a foundryman, and Joe had been a cloth drawer. By 1877, the company had grown to employ 20 people. In the late 19th century as well as rainwater goods, the company took on general work, an example being lampposts for the local council.

Became a limited company in 1919. On the death of Joe, aged 53, brother Joshua continued to run the business until his own death in 1924, aged 74 when the company passed to the Firth family, Joe’s nephew. In the mid-19th century the foundry was expanded to accommodate the increasing demand for heavy grates as well as rainwater goods.

In 1992 acquired Sloan and Davidson Ltd and their patterns, following their closure.

The above information is condensed from their website.

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