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Location - Leeds & District

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Ardill & Co., metal checks manufacturer, Ridge Works, Fly Presses (Meanwood)
Black & White imageUndated. Image shows the fly presses used to manufacture metal checks or discs at the small, family run business of Ardill & Co. at Ridge Works in Meanwood Road. The business originated in the 19th Century with John Ardill. An 1872 Directory for Leeds lists him as a 'clasp manufacturer' at number 7 Fountain Street and at that time he was living at number 5 Willow Terrace Road. By 1882 he was in business with his brother Thomas under the name of John Ardill & Co., medallists, die sinkers, stampers & piercers & rubber stamp makers, with premises at number 10 Little Woodhouse Street. It was John's sons, Clifford (born 1880) and Leslie (born 1882) who continued the business. The firm had moved to Ridge Works in Meanwood Road. This image was taken when the grandson of John Ardill, Brian Ardill (born 1907), was running the business.
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Ardill & Co., Metal Checks Manufacturer, Ridge Works, Meanwood Road, the Store Room (Meanwood)
Black & White imageUndated. View of the store room at Ardill & Co., a family firm of three generations who manufactured metal checks or discs. The company was based at Ridge Works in Meanwood Road. At this time it would have been run by the grandson of the founder, Brian Ardill, who was born in 1907. His wife Eleanor Mary, or 'Mollie' as she was known, continued the business for a few years after his death in the early 1960s.
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Ardill & Co., Metal Checks Manufacturer, Ridge Works, the Fly Press (Meanwood)
Black & White imageImage taken at Ardill & Co., metal checks manufacturers at Ridge Works in Meanwood Road. The worker is hand-making metal checks or discs by operating a fly press. This small company was founded by John Ardill and his brother Thomas in the 19th century and continued over three generations. At the time of this photograph it was run by the grandson of John Ardill, Brian Ardill, born in 1907.
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Ardill & Co., metal checks manufacturers, Ridge Works, Fly Press (Meanwood)
Black & White imageUndated. View of a fly press used to manufacture metal checks or discs at the small family firm of Ardill & Co., of Ridge Works in Meanwood Road. At this time the firm was being run by the third generation family member, Brian Ardill, born in 1907. He was the grandson of the founder of the company, John Ardill, born in 1849.
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Ardill & Co., Metal Checks Manufacturer's, Ridge Works, The Office (Meanwood)
Black & White imageUndated. 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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