Wilsons of Sharrow


Wilsons of Sharrow

Wilsons of Sharrow is a British manufacturer of snuff.

In the early 1740s, Joseph Wilson succeeded his father Thomas Wilson, a shearsmith, as tenant of Sharrow Mill (then a cutlers wheel) . The mill suffered a fire in 1746, when his stock in trade included 'tobacco stuff'. However the snuff mill was apparently not built until 1763.

In 1833, Joseph and Henry Wilson parted company with their cousins William and George (who retained Sharrow Mills), setting up a rival business at Westbrook Mill. That remained a family business incorporated as Joseph and Henry Wilson Ltd in 1895. It remained in family ownership until 1953, when its elderly proprietors sold the business to Imperial Tobacco. Its archives are now depostied in Sheffield Archives.

At Sharrow Mills steam power was introduced in 1797, but the water wheel remains operational. The company is currently still owned by the Wilson family, the sixth generation since Thomas, still based at Sharrow Mills, in Sheffield.

References

* [http://www.sharrowmills.com/ Wilsons of Sharrow Website]
* [http://www.snuffbox.org.uk/where.htm Snuffbox.org Profile]
* M H F Chaytor, "The Wilsons of Sharrow" (1962)
* D. Crossley and others, "Water Power on Sheffield Rivers" (1989), 81-2.
* [http://www.a2a.org.uk Access to Archives - search for snuff mills]


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