Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 135,237 pages of information and 215,790 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
of Bow Works, Sheffield.
1829 Company founded, presumably by James Chesterman
1848 The partnership of Chesterman and Bottom was dissolved
1859 The partnership of Cutts, Chestermann and Bedington was dissolved
1892 Private company.
1945 Company made public.
1961 Manufacturers of measuring tapes, land chains, band chains, rules, straight edges, squares, scales and Engineers' tools. 550 employees. 
1984 A new factory was opened at Summer Hill, Birmingham.
2008 Business is still undertaken at Hockley Abbey, Birmingham.