Edward Williams Co Ltd of Smethwick, Staffordshire, Machinists and Tool Makers
Immediate source of acquisition:
Deposited by Edward Williams Co. Ltd., Foundry Lane, Smethwick.
Williams family of Smethwick, Staffordshire
Administrative / biographical background:
The business records of Edward Williams Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Foundry Lane, Smethwick. The firm began as machinists and tool makers in Winson Green, Birmingham, but became best known for the manufacture of patent chain wheels and cranks for bicycles from the 1890s at Foundry Lane, Smethwick. The history of the Williams family and the early years of the firm are chronicled in full by Oliver Brown in his unpublished history of the firm "The Williams Story 1800-1925" (ref: D4466/J/1).