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Organisation: A. Clarkson & Co., optical equipment maker and dealer

Historical details of this organisation
Full name
A. Clarkson & Co.
Short name
A. Clarkson & Co.
Known activities
Known date(s)
Activity
1890s-1900s
lantern accessory retailer/hirer
Date of foundation
1870s
Date of winding-up
in or after 1984
Main period and nation of relevant activity
N/A, England
Notes

The original business was run by Alexander Clarkson as sole proprietor; in 1898 his general manager Robert Broadhurst and Broadhurst's brother-in-law William Towns joined as additional partners. Broadhurst left the partnership in 1909, though the telescope portion of the business continued to trade as Broadhurst, Clarkson & Co.

The business expanded in the mid-1900s and had several branches: the 1910 London phone directory shows 338 High Holborn as the main address, for 'surveying and optical instruments'; 63 Farringdon Road as 'Opticians'; and 109 Victoria Street for 'spectacles, drawing instruments'. From 1918 onwards the Farringdon Road address is shown as 'Telescope Makers'.

The business was still trading in surveying and optical instruments in 1984.

Known locations
Known date(s)
Connection
Location
1905-c.1970
business address
1909-1920
business address
1910-c.1953
business address
1911-1914
business address
c.1965-in or after 1984
business address
People linked to this organisation

BROADHURST, Robert  (1866-1924) – employee, 1890s-1898

BROADHURST, Robert  (1866-1924) – partner, 1898-1909

CLARKSON, Alexander  (1847-1918) – owner, 1880s-1898

CLARKSON, Alexander  (1847-1918) – partner, 1898-1918

TOWNS, W.H.  (1861-1953) – partner, 1898-1915

Reference
‘Notes’ in OMLJ 9.105 (February 1898)
  –  addition of two new partners
Lucerna ID 1000925

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 21 February 2015

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