Alternative Reference number1983/156
TitleJohn Henry Dickinson Ltd, Cutlers, Sheffield
AdminHistoryThe cutlery firm John Henry Dickinson Ltd owes its name to John Henry Dickinson who was born in Sheffield c. 1843. In the 1881 census, John Henry Dickinson, was described as a 'table knife blade manufacturer employing 10 men and 26 boys'.

In 1865, Dickinson married Lucy Cutts (born Torworth, Nottinghamshire in 1849) in Sheffield. At the time of the 1881 census, the couple had 5 daughters: Elizabeth (born c. 1867), Lucy (born c. 1869), Bertha (born c. 1873), Frances (born c. 1876) and Fanny (born c. 1880). Another daughter Lilian Margaret was born in 1882. Dickinson and his family resided at 54 Langdon Street and later at St Barnabus Road and 52 Wostenholm Road, Sheffield. John Henry Dickinson died on 23 August 1889 (aged 46).

After his death Dickinson, left behind the cutlery firm John Henry Dickinson Ltd which was based at Lowfield Cutlery Forge, Guernsey Road, Sheffield. In the 1890s, the firm was described in Sheffield trade directories as manufacturers 'of all kinds of table, spear, butchers', dagger and bowie knife blades, sword blades', etc.

By the early 1980s, it appears that many of the surviving records of John Henry Dickinson Ltd had been acquired by the cutlery firm James Dixon and Sons Ltd.
DescriptionCorporate and Management Records, 1904 - 1965 (MD8238/1)
Financial Records, 1882 - 1981 (MD8238/2)
Employment Records, 1878 - 1900 and 1977 (MD8238/3)
Stock Records, 1904 - 1918 and 1969 - 1976 (MD8238/4)
Plans and Associated Property Papers, c. 1890s - c. 1947 (MD8238/5)
Photographs, [early 20th cent] (MD8238/6)
Date1878 - 1981
Extent62 items
AcquisitionSourceIt appears that the bulk of these records were deposited with Sheffield Archives by James Dixon and Sons Ltd, Cutlers, Cornish Works, Cornish Place, Sheffield (with a smaller part deposited directly from John Henry Dickinson Ltd, Lowfield Cutlery Forge, Guernsey Road, Sheffield) in Nov 1983
ArchNoteCatalogue prepared by Tim Knebel, Dec 2015
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