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Kirby Beard & Co. Ltd.

  The founder of what would become the prestigious firm Kirby Beard Company  was William Cowther. He established this business in 1743. His son, Richard, succeeded him & went into partnership with Robert Kirby. Mr Kirby was well connected & became the Sheriff of London in 1816. By 1820 two further partners, George Beard & William Tovey joined the firm. Mr Tovey was responsible for regional sales. Probably the most important surviving industrial site in Gloucester, England, was the pin manufacturing premises of Cowcher, Kirby, Beard and Tovey known as Kirby Beard. In this region of England the pin industry has been documented from the late sixteenth century until well into the 19th century. In 1853 Kirby Beard & Co...

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