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Kirby Beard & Co. Ltd.

  The founder of what would become the Kirby Beard Company was William Cowther. He established this business in 1743. His son, Richard, succeeded his father & 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. By 1840 the firm was known as Kirby, Beard and Company. They were the longest established & most successful pin making concern in Gloucester. In 1853 George Beard was living in a substantial house in Solihull, named Hillfield Hall.The residence was served by one butler & six other servants. Probably the most important surviving...

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