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Wildt and Co

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of Adelaide Works. Leicester, maker of circular knitting machinery.

1884 Business founded by Herman Hubert Wildt.

By 1918 was at the Adelaide Works.

1928 Moved to new factory.

1935 Acquired the knitting machine business of Messrs. William Spiers, Ltd., which substantially increased the range of machines made by the addition of models for the automatic production of ribbed footwear, etc.

By 1937 The managing director was the founder's son, Dr. Edwin Wildt.

1949 Acquired by Bentley Engineering Co[1]

1954 Bentley Engineering Co acquired Mellor, Bromley and Co

Presumably later Wildt and Mellor were brought together as Wildt Mellor Bromley

1955 Bentley was acquired by Sears Holdings

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 20, 1949