The Reade family was established as cotton manufacturers in Congleton by the end of the 18th century. George Reade d 1837 moved into silk spinning early in the 19th century; George Reade and Son, silk men and silk throwsters, are recorded in Pigot's Directory of 1822. By 1833, the Company's business was described as silk spinners, at Stonehouse Green.
In 1834, 3 of his sons established the business of Reade Brothers and Co, silk throwsters and manufacturers of silk goods, also at Stonehouse Green. By 1846 the business was described as silk spinning and working of waste silks.
By 1850 the Reade family ceased to be involved in the business and the name of the firm was changed to Reade and Co in 1852
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