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Ardill & Co., Metal Checks Manufacturer's, Ridge Works, The Office

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Ardill & Co., Metal Checks Manufacturer
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Undated. Image shows the office of Ardill & Co., manufacturers of metal checks, located at Ridge Works in Meanwood Road. The metal checks were tin discs, made by hand on a fly press, sometimes numbered and used, for example, for coal sacks. This was a small family business and the 1882 Leeds Post Office Directory lists John Ardill & Co., medallists, die sinkers, stampers and piercers & rubber stamp makers as, at that time, being in premises in Little Woodhouse Street. The company was run by brothers, John Ardill of 17 Lyddon Terrace and Thomas Ardill of 45 Kensington Terrace. The business eventually moved to Ridge Works on Meanwood Road and was continued by the two sons of John and Annie Ardill, Clifford, born in 1880 and Leslie, born in 1882. One of their sons, Brian Ardill, born in 1907, carried on the business until his death in the early 1960s. His wife Eleanor Mary, known as 'Mollie', kept it running for several years after his death prior to it being sold.

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