About four years ago, they came to
their present especially commodious premises, which are
numbered 6 and 7 in Tempest Street, and run through to Vane
Street. Several blocks of buildings are utilised, divided
into offices, warehouses and store rooms for the various
departments of the trade, and other necessary purposes, the
whole being compactly arranged and excellently organised.
There are on hand here large and complete stocks of all
kinds of grocery goods, a leading line being represented by
teas and coffees; while in the other branches of Messrs.
Jeffs' trade, that is, as druggists and
confectioners, they can show an equally varied assortment.
This firm are in close touch with leading sources of supply,
and being extensive buyers, can command terms that are not
always obtainable. They have never, however, believed in
sacrificing quality for the sake of cheapness, and
throughout their stock uniform high quality is plainly
noticeable. They possess ample facilities for the prompt and
regular delivery of orders, and customers know from past
experience that the greatest care is devoted to the
execution of their commands.
Messrs. W. and A. Jeffs give
their close and personal attention to their trade, and have
had much experience in all departments of their business,
these facts having no doubt a considerable bearing on the
eminent position which they have attained in the lines of
commerce mentioned. Their success has indeed been
pronounced, and the future will, we should prophecy, be
attended with augmented prosperity.
Kemp and Wilcox, Jewellers and
Goldsmiths, 22 Queen Square.
The notable business controlled by
Messrs. Kemp and Wilcox, jewellers and goldsmiths, at 22
Queen Square, is certainly one of the most reliable and
popular of its character in Wolverhampton. It likewise ranks
as one of the oldest. The premises occupied are four-storied
in construction, and are arranged throughout in an admirable
manner. The shop is spacious, elegantly fitted up, and has a
large plate glass show window, of which every advantage is
taken to make an effective display.
The proprietors are
gentlemen of long practical experience in every detail of
the business, and are in touch with the most noted and
reliable manufacturers, thereby being in a position to
guarantee every article, and to sell at most reasonable
prices. Their stock, which is always exceptionally large and
varied, embraces every description of clocks and timepieces,
gold and silver watches, rings of all kinds, and an infinite
variety of fine gold and sterling silver jewellery, for both
ladies’ and gentlemen’s wear, also new and antique silver
plate, electro plate, bronzes, Dresden. Sevres, and old
The stock is without doubt one of the most costly and
complete in the town, and the customer would be fastidious
indeed who failed to get suited at this establishment. It
may be of interest to state that the firm are licensed valuers for probate duty, and undertake all kinds of
repairs. A high class connection has been built up, which,
under the present management, should continue to develop at
a steady and gratifying pace.
Henry John Law and Son, manufacturers
of Files, Rasps, Vices, Cast Steel Hammers, and General
Hardware Merchants; patentees and manufacturers of a special
Screw Driver for Cycle Work, Victoria File Works, Merridale
Street. Telephone No. 7187.
Another conspicuous firm in the
manufacturing circles of Wolverhampton is that of Messrs. Henry John Law and Son,
whose productions are held in the highest repute wherever
they are known. This business was established in 1860, and
has been ably and energetically conducted from the first.
The Victoria File Works in Merridale Street, occupied by
Messrs. Law and Son, are very well adapted to their
requirements; and in the matter of machinery and plant the
firm are most adequately equipped.
The goods for which they
are noted are files, rasps, vices, and cast steel hammers,
and the huge demand that exists for these articles is
conclusive evidence as to their merits, which are
unsurpassed. Files and vices are re-cut and warranted equal
to new, and all orders are promptly dealt with, a goodly
number of hands being employed.
Messrs. Law and Son are
patentees and manufacturers of a special Screw Driver for
cycle work, for which they are experiencing a large and
increased demand. They also carry on the business of general
hardware merchants, and the support accorded to them both as
manufacturers and merchants is most gratifying, showing as
it does that the quality of their goods and their methods of
trading are thoroughly acceptable to their customers.
Joseph Lawrence, Wine and Spirit
Merchant, North Street.
Probably, the town of Wolverhampton has
no better representative of the wine and spirit trade, than
Mr. Joseph Lawrence, who possesses extensive offices and
stores in North Street. The enterprise, which is conducted
splendidly throughout, has been in the hands of Mr. Lawrence
for the past thirty years, and consequently, a ripened
experience and judicious care is brought into requisition.
The greatest discrimination is exercised in the selection of
wines and spirits, none but the best importations being
Mr. Lawrence's ports, sherries, champagne, madeira, clarets, marsala, hocks, moselle, and Burgundy are
the products of the best foreign vintages, and the spirits
he supplies are of the best recognised brands, and are
equally well selected. He also supplies foreign cigars of
the most famous brands, particulars of which may be obtained
from the catalogue and list, to be obtained on application.
An extensive trade is also done in ales and stout, Bass's
pale ale, Dublin and other stouts in bottles, Salt's
celebrated strong and light dinner ale, Imperial stout, and
in Bernard's Scotch bitter. A very widespread family trade
is done in each department, and we may mention that Mr.
Lawrence is the proprietor of the following hotels in
Wolverhampton, viz.: the "Blue Ball", Bilston Street,
"Chequer Ball", North Street, "Board Inn", Queen Square,
"Graisley Brook", Penn Road, "Mitre", Cleveland Street,
"Wellington", North Road, "Horse and Jockey", Bilston Street; and
in Birmingham he owns the "Grand Turk", Hockley Hill, the
"Dog and Partridge", Moseley Street, and the "Cannon Hill
Hotel", Balsall Heath.
Thus it will be seen
that his operations cover a large area, and necessitate the
maintenance of an exceptionally extensive stock. He devotes
his best energies to give the utmost gratification to his
numerous patrons, and there is no doubt that he is eminently
D. Lewis, Picture Moulding Importer,
Glass Dealer, Mount Cutter and Picture Frame Manufacturer,
Berlin House, 13 Snow Hill.
The enterprise under notice, conducted
by Mr. D. Lewis so successfully for the last twenty five
years, is of an important and valuable character. Mr. Lewis
does an extensive trade, wholesale and retail, as a picture
frame manufacturer, mount cutter and dealer in glass. He is
the oldest wholesale dealer in this line in Wolverhampton.
Frames are made to order in every description of English and
foreign moulding, and mounts are cut in every conceivable
Mr. Lewis is a large importer of foreign mouldings
and his stock is both large and select. He also maintains a
good stock of picture glass. His premises are located at
Snow Hill and comprise two well-appointed shops, No. 11a
being devoted to the wholesale, and No. 13 to the retail
trade. An inviting display is made in the handsome windows
of each department. It must not be overlooked that whilst
material and workmanship is of the highest quality, Mr.
Lewis is noted for being most reasonable in his charges. He
devotes all his talents to the business and his success is
certainly well deserved.
Lewis and Swindley, House Decorators,
Plumbers, etc., 73 Darlington Street.
This business is one of the oldest of
its kind in the town, and has all along enjoyed a very
prosperous trade of the best description. The firm has
established a reputation for executing the very best class
of work, and now find their services in constant requisition
by the best circles of patronage in the town and district.
They undertake every description of sanitary plumbing, hot
and cold water engineering, decorating, painting,
They employ a large staff of skilled
workmen, and are prepared to execute all orders in the
speediest possible manner, and at most moderate charges.
Every department of the business receives the proprietors'
personal supervision, and so long as it is conducted on the
same energetic, able, and enterprising lines as hitherto, so
long will it continue to maintain its leading and
influential position among similar concerns in the town and
W. H. Manley, R.P.C., Plumber, Sanitary
Engineer, etc., 164 Penn Road.
As an exponent of his particular branch
of trade, it would be impossible to fix upon a better choice
than Mr. W. H. Manley, R.P.C., who is authorised plumber to
the Wolverlmmpton water works. He occupies very suitable
premises at 164, Penn Road, where is possessed every
facility for conducting a large and high-class trade, and
for the maintenance of the necessary stock, which embraces
every requisite for the different branches of trade carried
Mr. Manley undertakes to fix and repair hydraulic, force
and lift pumps, baths, closets, urinals, hot and cold water
apparatus, and every kind of sanitary arrangements, all on
the most improved principles. He employs none but efficient
workmen, whom he is prepared to send any distance on the
shortest notice, and in all his charges will be found to be
most reasonable, the public appreciation of this fact being
shown by the widespread support accorded him.
Mr. Manley has
received many excellent testimonials from gentlemen,
architects, builders, and others, for whom he has done work,
and in looking over these we find that all speak in the
highest terms of his ability to execute thoroughly sound and
William Mills, Grocer, Baker,
Confectioner, etc., sole maker in the district of
"Bermaline" Bread, Worcester Street, and at Ashland Street
and Pelham Street.
One of the best known names in
connection with the baking and confectionery trade in
Wolverhampton is that of Mr. William Mills, for it is now
fully a quarter of a century since he first commenced in
business. In Worcester Street he has a capital establishment
devoted chiefly to the bread and confectionery trade, while
at the corner of Ashland Street and Pelham Street he has a
large shop splendidly stocked with groceries,
provisions, bread, confectionery, etc.
Here, also is situated the extensive steam bakery - the
largest in Wolverhampton, from which is turned out bread,
cakes, etc., unsurpassed for purity, whiteness, and uniform
excellent quality. The "Bermaline" bread, for which Mr.
Mills has the sole right or manufacture in the town, is
produced here; and to supply the large and widespread circle
of customers in Wolverhampton and district a good number of
vehicles and horses are daily employed.
establishments the stock held is always fresh and
first-class in quality, whilst the prices in each department
of the business are as low as can he found at any similar
house in the town. We may mention that the business on the
corner of Ashland Street and Pelham Street has only been
opened about six months, but has already attracted a
flattering and substantial share of patronage. Mr. Mills
gives the entire trade his close personal attention, and
certainly leaves no effort untried to serve the best
interests of his numerous customers.
Robert Murdoch, Engineer, Machine Tool
Maker, Church Lane.
Another business enterprise calling for
notice in this review, is that recently acquired by Mr.
Robert Murdoch, engineer and machine tool maker. It was
formerly under the control of Mr. W. Tolman, the present
proprietor taking over the possession about six months back.
The compact and suitable premises are known as "Church Lane
Engineering Works," and are replete with machinery and
appliances of the best type.
As an engineer, Mr. Murdoch is kept
constantly busy, and the sound and reliable features of his
work are at the basis of the valuable connection built up.
Tools of every description are made, repaired, and fitted to
all kinds and classes of machines on the shortest notice,
and in all work undertaken, Mr. Murdoch guarantees
first-class workmanship, durability, and moderate charges.
Consequently, he is highly esteemed by all who have business
relations with him.
Mulliner and Co. (Proprietors, J. T.
Mulliner, and Jos. Southall) Lithographic and Letterpress
Printers, Export Stationers, Paper Merchants, and Cardboard
Box Manufacturers, Head Offices and Works, St. James Square.
Branch Offices at Liverpool and Leicester.
A business of very high standing in
connection with the Printing and Stationery trade in
Wolverhampton is that of Messrs. Mulliner and Co., and its
history since its founding in the year 1830, furnishes an
admirable example of well deserved commercial prosperity.
This firm are general lithographic and letterpress printers,
export stationers, paper merchants and manufacturers of
paper bags and cardboard boxes of every description.
great speciality is the production of labels for wine and
spirit merchants, mineral water makers, brewers, match
manufacturers, hardware merchants and manufacturers
generally, and in this branch they are well-known throughout
the Kingdom and abroad. They turn out none but the best
designed and finished work at lowest consistent prices, and
are in receipt of a custom of great value.
in large quantities, all kinds of cardboard boxes for all
trades (round, square, or oval) and in this line are noted
for the thoroughly reliable character of all their
productions. As export stationers, Messrs. Mulliner and Co.
are favourably placed to compete successfully with any firm
in the trade for all classes of stationery.
The works are
large and commodious and equipped with the most modern
machinery and appliances to ensure the rapid execution of
all orders at lowest prices. In the various departments the
firm gives employment to a large number of hands. Both
Messrs. Mulliner and Southall give the business their most
personal attention, and are indefatigable in their
endeavours to meet the wishes of their numerous patrons. It
is evident that this business is under the most able
management, and its continued prosperity is fully assured.
J. Nicholls and Sons, Wood Turners,
Timber Merchants, etc., Cleveland Wood Turning and Saw
Mills, All Saints Road.
A business of great antiquity and of
considerable importance in Wolverhampton, is that known as
the Cleveland Wood Turning Works and Saw Mills, which is
located in All Saints Road. This concern was established in
1773 by an ancestor of the present proprietors; thus, it
will be seen that for the long period of over l20 years this
business has had one continual spell of success.
premises are conveniently situated in All Saints Road, and
are exceedingly commodious throughout, while the machinery,
driven by a gas engine, is of the most approved type, and
calculated to answer all requirements of this flourishing
business. Besides being timber merchants on a large scale,
the firm undertakes all kinds of table, sofa, and chair
legs, and cabinet turning, hammer stails, pike helves,
mallet, file, bowl, scoop, barrow, and all kinds of hurdles,
pastepins, dollys, washing machine rollers, newells,
banisters, and all builders' turning, soft and hard wood
turning of every description to order: ladders,
wheelbarrows, and stone turning is a speciality of the firm
who also undertake circular and band sawing.
A very large
quantity of red and white deals, match boards, flooring, and
moulding, etc., is always maintained, and the greatest
reliance can be placed upon the excellence of all the
articles they offer. Messrs. Nicholls and Sons have gained a
reputation for supplying the best goods at the most
reasonable prices, of executing their orders in the most
prompt and efficient manner, and moreover, are most
courteous in all their dealings. The concern is very
flourishing, and its esteemed and energetic owners are to be
congratulated upon the fact.
John Gough Noake, Builders' Merchant,
Lath Cleaver and Horticultural Sundriesman, 48 and 49
Darlington Street, Salop Street, Albany Road, Horsman
Street, and Waterloo Wharf, Commercial Road.
Telegrams: John Gough Noake, Wolverhampton. Telephone No.
One of the largest and most important
business concerns in the town of Wolverhampton is that
conducted by Mr. John Gough Noake, builders' merchant, lath
cleaver, horticultural sundriesman etc. This concern was
founded in 1850, and its progress has been of the most solid
and substantial character; a result only commensurate with
the great ability and well-directed enterprise displayed in
Before enumerating the
many classes of goods and materials dealt in, we will give
some idea of the premises occupied. At 48 and 49 Darlington
Street the premises consist of extensive stores, warehouse
accommodation, showrooms, offices and yard, and the frontage
is both imposing and attractive in appearance. The branch
depots at Salop Street, Albany Road and Horsman Street are
large and convenient for all purposes, and there is an
extensive wharf at Commercial Road with excellent canal communication.
At each address the
premises are admirably arranged, and the greatest order is
observable in the arrangement of the many classes of wares;
consequently, there are the best facilities existing for
inspection, and all orders can be promptly executed. Mr. Noake deals in every description of building materials;
including red, white and blue bricks of all kinds; coping,
cornice and plinth bricks; quarries, tiles, window sills,
pier caps, kiln tiles, statuary and medallions, and
terracotta ware in great variety; fire bricks, burrs, and
quarries, glazed bricks and tiles of all colours, Dutch
tiles, Minton floor tiles, hearth tiles, fender kerbs and
enamelled slate chimney pieces; ranges, grates, etc. Day's,
Duckett's, Oats and Green's, Rimmer's and others waste water
closets; lavatories, pump troughs, baths and flushing
cisterns; Hellyers, Weaver's, Buchan's, Kenon's, Dean's,
Broad's and every speciality in ventilating, intercepting
and grease traps; slates and tiles of all kinds, blue and
red finials, laths, cement, plaster, hair, colours,
varnishes, oils, whiting, dryers, etc. Bituminous inodorous
felt, fibrous plaster, centre flowers and plaster figures;
chimney tops, sheet lead and roofing felts, pallisades and
gates, iron wall coping, barrows, riddles, screens, brick
mats, lock furniture of all kinds, timber of all kinds,
flooring and matched boards, etc., and in fact every
description of materials, tools, etc., required by builders