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Joseph Halden & Co of Manchester

Joseph Haleden & Co

Joseph Halden & Co of Manchester

Joseph Halden & Co of Manchester specialised in scientific instruments, early photocopying devices and drafting tables. Operating from 8, Albert Square in the city, Halden the company expanded over several decades to hold premises in London, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow. Established in 1878, initially in partnership with fellow local specialist, A.G. Thornton. When the latter cancelled this partnership, Halden continued to occupy the same address. The pair had began as importers of drawing materials for wholesale and under his sole stewardship, Halden generated enough revenue to purchase a manufacturing site of his own at East Street in Manchester.

At the turn of the 20th century, the company had forged a reputation for the supply of and holding patents for drawing and surveying instruments. 1907 saw the business become a limited company and a year later they built and occupied a new manufacturing base in Reddish, near Stockport. At the outbreak of World War One, the business was established as specialists in the provision of drawing instruments and services for engineers and accountants. A new site was sought to house the expanding photocopying business in the 1930s, with many patents and new processes developed on Brazenose Street in Manchester. The company ceased trading in 1969 when bought out by the Ozalid Group.

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