W. H. C. Walker, Builder and
Contractor, Brickkiln Street.
Prominent rank among the builder, and
contractors of Wolverhampton must be allotted to Mr. W. H.
C. Walker, who ever since he commenced trading, has borne a
first-class reputation for sound and carefully executed
work. The large extension of his business operations has
recently necessitated the erection of new workshops in
Brickkiln Street, and plant of machinery to facilitate his
competition in the trade; his former address being Riches
Street and Merridale Road.
At the new place Mr. Walker
possesses exceptional facilities for dealing with all
building contracts in the speediest and best manner. Here
can always be seen a large stock of building materials and
working appliances. Mr. Walker has been favoured with many
important and valuable building contracts in Wolverhampton
and district. He is prepared to undertake the erection of
any description of building in town or country, and having a
large staff of skilled hands in his employ, he can guarantee
the faithful, speedy, and satisfactory execution of all
orders. It is safe to assume that he will advance to a still
higher position in the trade.
Alfred Webb, Music and General Printer,
A name prominently identified with the
Printing, Bookbinding and kindred branches of business in
Wolverhampton is that of Mr. Alfred Webb, of Cleveland
Street, whose business dates its founding back about
twenty-five years ago. The premises in occupation comprise
spacious printing and other workrooms, and warehouses,
admirably suited to the business in hand.
For executing all
kinds of plain to artistic letterpress and lithographic
printing, bookbinding and engraving, Mr Webb has the best
improved machinery and appliances and it is well known that
his work in these branches will compare favourably in
quality and price with that of any firm in the town. Mr.
Webb, it may be stated is the printer and publisher of the"
Sacred Casquet" and "Choral Dewdrops", musical publications
which have an extensive circulation and are highly esteemed.
W. Weeks, Baker and Confectioner, 366
An establishment in Newhampton Road
calling for particular mention is that of Mr. W. Weeks, the
well-known baker and confectioner, who carries on business
at No. 366. In giving a brief notice of this business in
which Mr. Weeks has obtained such a well merited reputation
it may be stated at the outset that the proprietor is a
practical bread maker in every sense of the term, and that
he has at his premises in Newhampton Road every convenience
for carrying on the trade on a large scale.
The bread is baked in specially
constructed ovens, and only the best materials are used in
its production. Mr. Weeks is no believer in "seconds", an
inferior kind of flour, being too jealous of his reputation
as a producer of best bread to admit into his bakehouse
anything of an inferior nature; consequently the demand for
Weeks' bread is of a wide-spread and ever-increasing nature,
a fact not to be in anyway wondered at when the superior
quality of his productions are taken into consideration.
speciality for which he has made a name is Weeks' wholemeal
bread, which has practically no equal in Wolverhampton. Did
the general public know the value of wholemeal bread as an
article of diet there would be a greater demand for it than
there is at the present time. It is one of the finest
preventatives of constipation which brings along with it a
host of attendant ills, such as indigestion, piles, varicose
veins, etc., and its use is recommended by the faculty
daily. But there are scores of wholemeal breads in the
market which cannot fairly lay claim to the name, simply on
account of adulteration: but in Weeks' wholemeal bread you
get the pure thing itself, and it has received high
commendation from some of the most scientific analysts of
the day who speak of its composition in high terms, and we
should strongly advise those who value health and the means
to retain it to give this celebrated bread a trial.
remarks apply to Weeks' confectionery which is of the same
high standard of excellence as the bread, in fact everything
at this establishment is of the best, and the prices charged
are not more than those of the ordinary baker and
confectioner. The whole of the business comes under the
critical eye of the principal, who takes care that nothing
is done which could in any way injure the high reputation
and extensive connection which his indefatigable efforts
have gained for him.
Joseph Wells and Son, Coal, Coke and
Breeze Merchants, Brake and Waggonette Proprietors, etc.,
Eastham Wharf, Walsall Street, and Williamson Street.
A busy trade as coal, coke and breeze
merchants, is done in Wolverhampton by the firm of Messrs,
Joseph Wells and Son, who during the time they have carried
on business in the town have acquired an excellent
reputation with their customers. One of their addresses is
Eastham Wharf, Walsall Street, where they have every
facilities, including canal accommodation, for their coal
business. They hold a well-assorted stock of all kinds of
coal from the leading collieries; also cokes, breezes, etc.,
while the quality of everything supplied by them represents
the fullest possible value, as their many customers could
Their other premises are in Williamson Street, near
Penn Road, where they have an extensive retail coal depot,
stables, etc. At this address they also have every
convenience for carrying on the other branch of their
business as coach proprietors, including charabancs, brakes, waggonettes, traps, and private omnibuses for evening
parties, which are always on hire. Messrs. Wells and Son's
turn-outs are well horsed, and throughout each branch of the
concern a highly commendable efficiency is to be noted. The
firm receive valuable support, which could not be better
W. Willoughby, Hairdresser and
Perfumer, Lichfield Street.
A long established hair-cutting and
shampooing establishment in Wolverhampton is that so ably
conducted for the last ten years by Mr. W. Willoughby, who
undoubtedly takes the leading position in this branch of
business in the town. The premises occupied by Mr. W.
Willoughby are located in Lichfield Street. They were
evidently specially designed and built with a view to the
requirements of a high class hairdresser's establishment,
and well they answer their purpose.
They comprise an
elegantly appointed shop with large plate-glass show window,
replete with a nice assortment of perfumery, toilet
requisites, fancy goods, and all those articles which
peculiarly appertain to the trade, with ladies' room on the
ground floor, and gent's room and baths in basement. The
arrangements throughout are splendid, and it is not too much
to say that this establishment affords every convenience
found at a metropolitan house.
The most skilled labour is
employed, and the highest art in hair-dressing is at the
service of patrons. Wigs, scalps, and every description of
ornamental hair work is made to order, while another
noteworthy feature is the prompt and polite attendance
extended to all who favour Mr. Willoughby with their
Henry Willcock and Company, Builders
A prominent firm in the building
industry in Wolverhampton is that of Messrs. Henry Willcock
and Co., who at different periods have been engaged on and
contracted for various works and undertakings of great
magnitude in and around Wolverhampton, including the town
hall, art gallery, and the electric light works for the
Corporation of Wolverhampton, etc., and the firm have
recently completed the restoration to Tettenhall Church.
the undertakings of this firm are executed in a manner which
gives the greatest satisfaction to their numerous patrons,
with a result of a substantially-increasing business.
Messrs. Willcock and Co. possess every facility for the
production of work in an expeditious, albeit first class
manner, having at their disposal machinery of the most
modern and approved construction for stone-cutting, planing,
sawing, etc. The fame of this firm is too well known in the
district to need further comment at our hands.
B. F. Williams, Manufacturer of all
kinds of Tin, Sheet Iron, Brass, Copper and Nickel Plated
Goods, "Elephant" Works.
"Elephant" Works have been established
a good number of years, and occupy a prominent position
among the business concerns of Wolverhampton. They cover a
large area, are well supplied with the most modern machinery
and appliances, and afford constant employment for numerous
hands. There is no doubt that Mr. Williams possesses
exceptional facilities to meet all demands in the promptest
manner, and among his numerous manufactures may be specially
mentioned baths of all kinds and best finish, dish covers,
meat screens, fish kettles, tea pots, etc., etc.
travelling trunks, deed and despatch boxes, etc., are
manufactured for both home and foreign markets, the foreign
trade being especially large and valuable, this being a
branch in which Mr. Williams turns out an enormous quantity.
The "Elephant" is a registered trademark, and bears a
standard reputation in all markets, while it will be
generally admitted that in each line the prices and quality
will compare most favourably with those of any competitor.
Mr. Williams gives the business his close supervision, and
certainly no house could put forth greater efforts to retain
its connection and reputation. The business of The Midland
Plating Company carried on at these works is an important
one, comprising as it does, nickel-plating and enamelling
for the cycle trade, brass founders and locksmiths. The
company have the most modern plant for these operations, and
all orders are promptly executed at most reasonable prices.
B. F. Williams, "Bell" Cycle Works,
This business affords a striking proof
of what may be accomplished by energy and well-directed
enterprise. It had its origin only a few years back at
"Elephant" Works (see the preceeding notice) and in this new
departure there is every indication of Mr. Williams being
eminently successful. "Bell" Works have been specially
constructed to meet all the requirements of the trade, and
are equipped with the latest and best approved machinery and
appliances for speedy and economical production.
Williams claims for the "Bell" that it is equal in every
respect to any machine on the market, and the numerous
unsolicited testimonials, and the unusual pace at which the
connection has developed certainly testify to the right of
this claim. A large number of hands are employed in the
various departments, and in all operations only the best quality materials are used, while
another noteworthy feature of this establishment is the
great care which is exercised to ensure that none but the
most sound and highly finished machines leave the premises.
An illustrated catalogue is issued each season, giving full
details and specifications of leading lines, which are
recognised by the names, "York", "Bristol", "Richmond",
"Canterbury", "Royal", "Paris", "London", and "Brighton
Bell". A perusal of this catalogue will at once convince
that the gross prices will bear comparison with those of any
other house, while the terms to all classes of buyers are
James Wilson, Cab and Car Proprietor,
Mail Contractor to H. M. Government, County Mews, Bilston
Street, Wolverhampton, and at Lower Hurst Street,
In a busy community like that of
Wolverhampton, there is of course a large demand for cabs,
cars, etc., while a leading depot in the town for all kinds
of vehicles, is the County Mews in Bilston Street, belonging
to Mr. James Wilson, and which were established as far back
as forty years ago. Mr. Wilson occupies extensive premises,
the front building is of four storeys, while at the rear
there is a spacious yard, stables, and other necessary
As a matter of fact, the premises have; owing
to extension of trade, been recently enlarged, and are now
remarkably commodious and suitable. All kinds of cabs, cars,
and carriages can be obtained here, the vehicles being
capitally appointed and well horsed, and the all-round
efficiency noticeable at the County Mews shows that Mr.
Wilson has a thorough knowledge of his calling.
be communicated by telephone and receive prompt attention.
The business is well-supported, and its past success seems
certain to continue. Mr. Wilson is a well-known mail
contractor to Her Majesty's Government, and has mews in
Lower Hurst Street, Birmingham. The Wolverhampton business
is under the capable control of Mr. Robert Wilson.
Wood & Hinde, Cigar and Tobacco
Merchants, 54 Dudley Street, 101 Darlington Street, and
The extensive establishments of Messrs.
Wood and Hinde are certainly the finest of their kind in
Wolverhampton. The shops are handsomely fitted with modern
plate-glass windows, and electric light, and the internal
arrangements are laid out on the very best lines for the
business. They are splendidly stocked with a wonderful
assortment of goods appertaining to the trade, and these are
procured from the leading manufacturers at home and abroad.
The speciality of the firm is their trade in high class Havana cigars, and of these
expensive luxuries they hold a really magnificent stock, in
fact, such a selection is rarely to be seen in a provincial
town, including as it does all the leading brands and many
others. The firm have a reputation for their skill in
properly maturing these goods and delivering them to
customers in perfect condition, ready for immediate use.
large trade is also done in Mexican, Borneo, Manila, Indian,
and other cigars. Messrs. Wood and Hinde, while giving their
cigar trade their first attention, by no means neglect the
other branches of their business. Their tobaccos have a
wide-spread reputation for quality and excellence, and the
enormous and varied stock of smoker's fancy goods leaves
nothing to be desired in this respect.
Of late years the
cigarette trade has largely developed and the quantity and
variety of these insidious little puffs, in their dainty
cases and packages, is simply astounding. The firm have an
extensive connection among the leading families of the town
and surrounding counties, and by careful and intelligent
attention to the requirements of their patrons have earned
their confidence and esteem.
L. J. Wright, Grocer, Baker and
Confectioner, Agent for Kennaways' Wines and Spirits,
The business of Mr. L. J. Wright is one
of the most conspicuous in Tettenhall. It is conducted in
very fine premises in High Street, which comprise a spacious
shop, model bakery, convenient stores, &c. They possess an
attractive appearance, and, internally, are, admirably
arranged, fitted up, and equipped for the various
departments of the business. Mr. Wright has, during his
business career, steadily gained the confidence of the
community for supplying at all times none but pure and
genuine articles, and the huge patronage he receives is
sufficient testimony that his efforts to give satisfaction
are duly appreciated.
His stock of groceries and provisions
is exceptionally large and well selected, and may be
thoroughly relied upon as regards purity and freshness, as
Mr. Wright's experience in the trade extends over many
years, and brings him intimate with the most reliable
sources of supply. We ought to mention that he is agent for
the celebrated Mazawattee Tea, and also keeps a fine stock
of Kennaway's noted wines and spirits. Both in plain and
high class goods the prices at this establishment will
compare most favourably with those of any similar house in
the town. As a baker and confectioner an equally
enterprising spirit is observable.
Only the most
experienced hands are employed in this department, and every
facility is possessed to ensure the best results,
cleanliness and punctual delivery. Mr. Wright, it should be
mentioned, specially solicits a trial of his make of "Hovis"
bread; and his productions in plain bread, pastry, etc., are
so well known that further comment here is unnecessary. All
orders receive prompt attention, and under its present
proprietorship the continued success of this business may be