Griffin Works

Griffin Works was built around 1845 for edge-tool maker, William Edwards & Sons. The business is listed in Pigot & Company’s 1842 Directory, and White’s 1851 Staffordshire Directory as being located in Dudley Road, where the company occupied Victoria Works.


From the Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Illustrated.


The location of the works.


An advert from 1861.


An advert from 1884.


An advert from 1899.

The firm produced a wide range of products including edge tools, spades, shovels, plantation hoes, garden tools, axes, adzes, pick axes, crowbars, railway and contractor’s tools, wrought iron barrow wheels, and all kinds of hammers, including:

sledge hammers, stone hammers, quarry hammers, and hand hammers

Best quality horse shoes were also produced, many of which were exported all over the world.

The company also became a contractor of horse shoes for the government.

 


Some of the company's trademarks.

William Edwards became mayor of Wolverhampton in November, 1874.

He was born in Wolverhampton and started his career working for the mercantile firm of C. and I. Shaw. He soon established a small edge-tool business that rapidly grew to a large size.

He was a church warden and manager of St. James's School, a member of the Wolverhampton School Board, secretary of the Wolverhampton Female Refuge, and a shareholder in most of the local banks.

He was well respected by his workmen who presented him with a portrait of himself and his wife.


William Edwards.


Griffin Works in the early 1970s. Courtesy of David Clare.

Edwards & Sons also acquired New Griffin Works in Colliery Road, which was sold to the Waine family in 1913.

Griffin Works was taken over by Edmund Vaughan Stampings, and later called ‘Falcon Works’. The buildings were demolished in the 1990s.


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