Timeline of Portland Works’ Occupation

Since the creation of Portland Works in 1879, a number of businesses have occupied the building. While this is not a comprehensive list, we are able to know the details of each businesses that paid a subscription to be entered into the cited trade directories.

1879 White’s Directory

  • R.F. Mosley, manufacturer of table cutlery
  • George Gill, cutlery manufacturer
  • William H. Green, spring knife manufacturer

1883 Kelly’s Directory

  • R. F. Mosley, cutlery manufacturer
  • John Green & Sons, Spring Knife manufacturers

1888 Kelly’s Directory

  • R. F. Mosley, cutlery manufacturer
  • William Green, spring knife manufacturer
  • George Gill, spring knife manufacturer

1893 Kelly’s Directory

  • R. F. Mosley, cutlery manufacturer
  • William Green, spring knife manufacturer
  • George Gill, spring knife manufacturer

1898 Kelly’s Directory

  • R. F. Mosley & Co. Ltd., cutlery manufacturer
  • W. Mammott & Sons, electro-plate manufacturers
  • George Gill, spring knife manufacturer
  • John Thomas Johnson & Sons, steam manufacturing joiners

1901 White’s Directory

  • R. F. Mosley & Co. Ltd., cutlery manufacturer
  • W. Mammott & Sons, electro-plate manufacturers
  • John Thomas Johnson & Sons, steam manufacturing joiners

1905 White’s Directory

  • R. F. Mosley & Co. Ltd., silversmiths & cutlery manufacturers
  • John Thomas Johnson & Sons, steam manufacturing joiners
  • Ellis Frost, caretaker

1912 White’s Directory

  • R. F. Mosley & Co. Ltd., silversmiths & cutlery manufacturers
  • John Thomas Johnson & Sons, steam manufacturing joiners

1919 White’s Directory

  • R. F. Mosley & Co. Ltd., silversmiths & cutlery manufacturers
  • John Thomas Johnson & Sons, steam manufacturing joiners

1934 Kelly’s Directory

  • R. F. Mosley & Co. Ltd., cutlery manufacturer
  • Clark Company Ltd. (The Alexander Cutlery Works)
  • John Thomas Johnson & Sons, steam manufacturing joiners

1957 Kelly’s Directory

  • R. F. Mosley & Co. Ltd., cutlery manufacturer
  • Allen’s Silversmiths (L. Allen proprietor)

1970 Kelly’s Directory

  • O. Hobson (engineers), general & precision engineers
  • Hadon Litho Ltd., lithographic offset machine plate manufacturers Fabricated Products, fabrication in steel
  • Swales & Hobson, tyre pressure gauge manufacturers
  • Wardle & Mathews Ltd, pewter-ware manufacturers
References:

1) Historical Directories 2010 Digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales

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