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W. Wesson and Co

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Dec 1921.

of Victoria, Albert Ironworks and Moxley Ironworks, Wednesbury, Staffordshire

1898 William Wesson acquired Victoria Iron Works. He ran the works under the name of Wessons.

1914 Company registered[1].

1926 Mr W. Wesson Chairman of W. Wesson and Co retired. Mr Wesson, who neared 82 in this year, started work when seven years old. His sons carried on the business.[2]

1936 William Henry Wesson died.

1951 Nationalised under the Iron and Steel Act; became part of the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain[3]

1960 The company was purchased from the Holding and Realization Agency by Mr L. J. Wesson and Mr P.J. Wesson[4].

1967 One of the larger steel re-rollers not subject to nationalisation[5]

By 1972 was part of Glynwed Steels Ltd[6]

Wessons are still today on the site of both the Victoria Ironworks and the Albert Ironworks. The company is now part of Niagra LaSalle (UK) and a large scrapyard and housing estate now occupies the site of the Moxley Iron Works.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 26 July 1960
  2. The Engineer 1926/03/19
  3. Hansard 19 February 1951
  4. The Times, 26 July 1960
  5. The Times, Apr 26, 1967
  6. The Times, Oct 06, 1972