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W & S Butcher
Biographical Account:

Run by brothers William and Samuel Butcher and founded in 1830, W & S Butcher started manufacturing cutlery from Eyre Lane and as the business expanded they bought more workshops and spread onto Brown and Charles Street, and later onto Arundel Street. This created the Butcher Works complex, which fronted onto Arundel Street. W & S Butcher were one of the first firms to trade with the American market, and as early as 1823 Samuel was travelling to New York to collect orders for the company; in 1827 he was living in Charlton Street with his American wife Rosa and trading from a store in Maiden Lane, New York. By the 1850s around 500 workers were employed by the Butchers, making them one of the largest cutlery firms in Sheffield at the time. This meant that were sometimes disputes with the Trade Unions over working practices; in April 1850 William Butcher had a canister of gunpowder thrown at his bedroom window after a lengthy dispute.

 

 

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