W and J Glossop, Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse, road contractors
5 boxes/0.1 cubic metres
Immediate source of acquisition:
Deposited : G Briggs, Halifax
Accessioned : 8 Jun 1981
Administrative / biographical background:
William Glossop was born in 1870 the son of James and Ellen Glossop of Mansfield. The family moved to Mirfield and by the 1890s William was in the service of Brookes Ltd, the prominent stone quarrying firm, where he earned rapid promotion. In 1900 he was appointed Secretary. Following his marriage to Emily Brewer, they bought "Highfield," a detached house above Hipperholme in 1902. Following a disagreement with Newton Brooke over William Glossop's plans to branch out on his own, Glossop was dismissed in 1905 and set up his own business in Hipperholme.
From the 1920s to the 1980s it has been said that a Glossop lorry would be as familiar as an Eddie Stobbart lorry today! They were the "kings of tar spraying" and probably did more than any other road firm to bring modern road services to Britain, including the road surface outside Buckingham Palace. The firm closed in 1984