Tasker, Sons and Co
1839 John Tasker (1819-1895) started work as a shoemaker in Pond Hill, Sheffield
1851 Tasker was a shoemaker, employing 6 men
c.1855 The business moved to Devonshire Street
Introduced gutta-percha and india rubber to Sheffield
c.1866 took premises in Angel Street, Sheffield, supplying leather belting; also developed the engineering side of the business which expanded rapidly which expanded into Station Road
1877 Established one of the first telephone exchanges in the provinces, at the Angel Street store; this became the Sheffield Telephone Exchange but demand was slow to build up.
1879 Exhibited Heinrichs' electric lamp to the members of the British Association.
1894 Royal Warrant as telephonic engineers
1895 Death of John Tasker
1896 Patent application on rasps
1896 Dissolution of the Partnership between John Henry Royle Tasker and Frederick Tasker carrying on business as Engineers and Machinists at Sheaf-street in Sheffield under the style or firm of Tasker Sons and Company's Engineering Department. All debts due ... will be received and paid by the said John Henry Royle Tasker who will continue to carry on the said Engineering business at Sheaf-street in Sheffield under the style of Tasker's Engineering Company
1901 Allowed to mention their Royal Warrant in relation to the late Queen Victoria, as "Telephonic and electric lighting engineers"
1914 Still listed as supplying belted machinery
1914 In voluntary liquidation
1919 Allowed to mention their Royal Warrant in relation to the late Queen Victoria, as "Telephonic and electric lighting engineers"
Sources of Information
- 1851 census
- Sheffield Independent , September 24, 1878
- Sheffield Independent , February 6, 1879
- the Engineer 1879/12/05
- London Gazette 5 January 1894
- Sheffield Independent , May 23, 1896
- London Gazette 9 October 1896
- London Gazette 1 November 1901
- London Gazette 6 October 1914
- London Gazette 3 January 1919