JACKSON LOCK AND BRASS WORKS, WOLVERHAMPTON & LAUNCESTON, TASMANIA
David Nelson writes:
The earliest evidence of the name Jackson being associated with lock
manufacture in Wolverhampton is in 1872 when Thomas Joseph Jackson
appears in the Directory of Staffordshire as a lock maker, New
Invention, Willenhall. Francis Jackson, a son of Thomas Joseph and
Mary (nee Taylor) appears in the 1878 directory of Staffordshire at 96
Poole Street, Wolverhampton as does Thomas Joseph, still at New
Invention as lock makers.
Francis Jackson was born in 1851. After completing his indentures with
John Taylor (yes, he married the boss's daughter!) he worked for Chubbs
(Wolverhampton) then established his own business. He must have
developed a noteworthy reputation because in 1880 he took an engagement
from the Japanese Government to teach the art of lock making and brass
works in Tokyo. In 1882 he emigrated to Australia (Tasmania) from
Japan, organised for his wife and family to come from Wolverhampton and
started the Jackson Lock and Brass Works in Launceston. The Jackson Lock
and Brass Works is still producing locks today.
Thomas Joseph Jackson was indentured in 1831 to James Taylor, a brass
founder of Wolverhampton. He acquired a number of houses and buildings
in Bloomsbury Street, Hall Street, Pountney Street and Chapel Street in
I have no samples of advertising for Jackson Locks in Wolverhampton or
even a lock to prove its existence, but by putting together the pieces
of a family history I an sure a lock making business of this name did
exist in Wolverhampton during the 1870s.
J. JOHNSON & CO., LION WORKS, CEMETERY ROAD, WILLENHALL
||This billhead, supplied by Trevor Dowson, is the
only evidence we have of this firm. (The last line of the
bill head reads: "Empties must be returned with Heads
complete". Does anyone know what that means?).
ENOCH JONES, DOCTORS PIECE, WILLENHALL
Padlock makers founded in 1895 or earlier. Trading until the late
1950s. Supplied with keys by
Arthur Hough between February 1946 and November 1948.
The business was founded by John Enoch Jones. His customers included
the GPO, the LMS Railway, and the state-owned railway company of
Argentina. He took out several patents between 1895 and 1932.
From the Walsall Advertiser, Saturday
14th November, 1908. Courtesy of
The sale notice for Enoch Jones'
premises. From the Birmingham Daily Post, Saturday 31st
January, 1959. Courtesy of
ROBERT JONES AND CO. LTD. ANN STREET, WILLENHALL
||Manufacturers of all kinds of brass and iron pad,
press and cupboard locks, night latches and keys.
In 1920 Robert
Jones was at Orchard Works, Orchard Road Willenhall. In
1940 were at Ann Street. Existing in 1974.
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