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1893 Samuel Fox & Company Ltd


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Stock Code SFC1893

Company Samuel Fox & Company, a Sheffield-based steelworks.
Description Transfer certificate showing the transfer of 5 shares.
Issued To Joseph Ruston of Monks Manor, Lincoln. Transfer from William Carter Fenton, later Mayor of Sheffield, and Lucy Fenton, executors of Thomas Fenton, deceased.
Issue Date 8th December 1893
Company Officers
Joshua G Jeffery Secretary Actual signature
Size 19cm wide x 14 cm high

Framed Certificate Price : £100.00

Certificate Only Price : £55.00

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  • works or worked in the iron and steel industry or
  • has the surname Fox, Ruston or Fenton
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Joseph Ruston

Born Chatteris, Cambs in 1835, he went on to become the founder and owner of Ruston, Proctor & Company in 1857, a Lincoln-based industrial equipment manufacturer employing 1600 men. RPC became a public company in 1889, Joseph Ruston receiving £465,000 as the proceeds of the flotation. RPC was taken over by GEC in 1967.

Joseph Ruston died in 1897.

Samuel Fox & Company

Samuel Fox bought a disused corn mill close by the centre of the town in 1842 and made alterations so that he could produce wire for the manufacture of textile pins. Within 6 years the business began to manufacture wire for umbrella frames and he developed his own variant, the “Paragon” in 1851. Expansion continued and by the mid 1860s furnaces and rolling mills had been built and the production of railway lines and springs begun.

Road transport in the area was difficult and with larger products being manufactured a new outlet was required. In the 1870s a short branch line was built to link the works with the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway at Deepcar. This was known as the Stocksbridge Railway which was a subsidiary of the main company until the early 1990s. The line is still open (2006) and handles regular traffic to and from the works.

Samuel Fox & Company joined with Steel, Peech and Tozer of Rotherham to form the United Steel Companies after the First World War. Products from various sites were coordinated, each works specialising in a particular range. At Stocksbridge they specialised special steels, particularly the various grades of stainless steel.

The works, along with other major producers in Great Britain, were nationalised in 1967, to become British Steel Corporation. During the 1980s and 1990s the works became part of a joint British Steel / GKN venture known as "Stocksbridge Engineering Steels" and in 1999 they became part of Corus. The works is still open although steel is not made on the site, the steel being brought from the main melting site at Aldwarke, near Rotherham.

Source: wikipedia.org


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