Brookes & Crookes Ltd
Biographical Account: John Brookes was already an established cutler when he joined partnership with Thomas Crookes in 1858. The partnership did not last long; sadly Thomas Crookes died in 1865 at the age of 39, however, they kept his name in the business. The business rented workshops, a grinding wheel and a warehouse at Atlantic Works, 58 St. Philips Road. In the 1871 census the company is listed as employing 108 people, and by the 1881 census this had risen to 130 workers in total. The business stayed at this location until the company was wound up in 1957, when the works and all its contents were sold. The land was redeveloped, along with large areas of Netherthorpe, into blocks of flats. It was rumoured that when the works was demolished the large gas engine which powered everything was too big to move and so it was left and concreted over to form the foundation of the flats there now.