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W. Tyzack and Sons

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?c1812 William and Thomas were in a joint business together at South Street, Sheffield.

1822 Thomas and William Tyzac (sic), manufacturers of saws, patent scythes, busks and doctors for calico webs, of South Street, Sheffield (Home: Sharrow Lane)[1]

c1825 W. Tyzack was founded by William Tyzack at Rockingham Street, Sheffield.[2] Thomas continued in business on his own - see Thomas Tyzack

1828 Additions to the premises were made - warehouses, shop etc. and by 1831 a cast steel furnace with four pots.[3]

1831 Started to rent Whirlow Wheel mills.

1840s Company was producing saws, files, riveted hoes, machine knives, hay knives, chaff knives, ladies steel busks, patent scythes, patent hoes, refined steel and calico webs.[4]

1843 Company name changes to W. Tyzack and Sons - William's three sons, Ebenezer, William and Joshua listed as part of the company.

1846 Land bought in Trafalgar Street.

1849 Entered a tenancy of Abbeydale Works (now an industrial museum known as Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet.) The works added six acres to the space at Rockingham Street.

1849 Steel refiners, and saw, calico web, scythe, etc., manufacturers of 230 Rockingham St.[5]

1851 File shop was added to Rockingham Street Site.

1858 William Tyzack (senior) died. Ebenezer, William Jnr. and Joshua carry on the business as co-partners.

1862 Rockingham Street site is sold.

1867 Ebenezer Tyzack died. The Tyzack family members were divided in the business and established three separate firms, all competing in the Sheffield tool trade under the 'Tyzack' name.

1868 William Alexander Tyzack, eldest son of Ebenezer Tyzack, founded a new company William A. Tyzack and Co with twenty employees.

1870 William Tyzack Junior took a partner named Benjamin Turner to form W. Tyzack, Sons and Turner. Turner had married William's elder sister Ann so had been a member of the family for many years prior to the partnership.


  • Note: Much of the information on this page sourced from www.tyzack.net where there is further reading available.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1822 Baines' History and Directory, West Riding
  2. www.tyzack.net
  3. www.tyzack.net
  4. www.tyzack.net
  5. 1849 Kelly's Directory of Sheffield