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John and Edwin Wright

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Dec 1921.

of Universe Works, Millwall, Poplar, London and Universe Works, Garrison Street, Birmingham.

1770 Company established by William Wright

Continued by his sons John and Edwin Wright

1865-66 Invented and patented a cable strong enough to span the Atlantic ocean for the Atlantic Telegraph Co.

c.1890. William Edward Hipkins is MD.

1896 He wrote 'Wire Rope and its Applications' (Copy in SMCL)

1899 The company was registered on 4 February, to take over the business of cable manufacturers, of a company of the same name. [1]

1914 Manufacturers of wire, cotton and hemp ropes, twines, cordage, tarpaulins etc. Specialities: wire ropes for winding at high speeds from great depths; cotton ropes for the transmission of power. [2]

1917 Advert for steel wire ropes. [3]

1921 of Universe Rope and Twine Works, Birmingham.

c.1922 Made a flattened strand wire rope 36,300 ft long, weighing 65 tons, which was transported from Birmingham on two bogie wagons.[4]

by 1927 had become Wrights Ropes.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p101
  4. 'Midland Railway Portrait' by Peter Truman & David Hunt, Platform 5 Publishing, 1989, Plate 91