Tudor, Tudor & Leader was founded in 1761 by Henry Tudor of Sheffield and Thomas Leader of Broxted in Essex. John Sherburn, a silversmith from Sheffield, joined as a third partner in 1763. After Sherburn's death in 1773, Tudor & Leader drew up a new partnership agreement to continue the business together. They occupied premises on Sycamore Hill (now Tudor Street). Of Sheffield (1783).. Of Tudor Hall, Sheffield. On his death, the estate was bought by Rowland Hodgson (his son in law). A silversmith originally from London, his was one of the first companies (Tudor, Leader and Nicholson) engaged in silver plating. Patron of the fine arts. A proud man he was known in Sheffield as "My Lord Harry Tudor". He may have believed himself to be descended from the royal Tudors. He was granted Arms 14 December 1775. Reminiscences of Old Sheffield: Its Streets and Its People edited by Robert Eadon Leader pps 239- See Sheffield City Archives: 1775-1826: accounts Sheffield City Archives See Catalogue of Business and Industrial Records, 1971, pp34,42 In 1777, Leader leased the house at the end of Surrey Street. This is now the administrative office of Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust. In 1778 Samuel Nicholson was employed by Henry Tudor and Thomas Leader as a "Rider and Warehouseman". The terms of his contract stated that after five years he would be eligible to become a partner in the business for a period of sixteen years. Samuel Nicholson became a partner in 1783, having purchase a one tenth share in the business for £1000. The firm changed their name to "Tudor, Leader's & Nicholson". Thomas Leader's brother, Daniel, joined the firm as a partner in 1785. At this time the business was valued at £18,000 and described as "[T]he Trade or Business of a Silver and Silverplated manufacturer and in divers[e] other Goods, wares and merchandize". The business was split into eighteen shares of £1000. Henry Tudor and Thomas Leader were each entitled to seven shares. Thomas Leader had assigned three of his shares to his son, Thomas Leader Jnr, though he remained a shareholder and not a partner at this time. Samuel Nicholson was entitled to three shares and Daniel Leader to one share. Thomas Leader Jnr eventually became a partner in 1793. A new partnership indenture was drawn, which valued the business at £15,000, divided into 15 shares. Henry Tudor had five shares, Thomas Leader, Thos Leader Jnr and Samuel Nicholson each had three shares and Daniel Leader had one share. An interesting section gives an insight into how roles responsibilities were divided between the company founders and their younger partners: "…Henry Tudor and Thomas Leader shall not nor shall either of them interfere or intermeddle in the manufacturing part of the said joint Trade and Dealing nor with their servants or apprentices But that the manufacturing part of the said Trade and all servants and apprentices to be employed therein shall be under the entire management and control of the said Samuel Nicholson Daniel Leader and Thomas Leader the Younger". Samuel Nicholson and Leader Jnr were responsible for "making journeys" (collecting orders and payment from clients) and "attend[ing] the warehouse". Daniel Leader was to "superintend the manufacturing part". Samuel Nicholson left the business in 1796 and died three years later. Thomas Leader retired in 1797 and Henry Tudor appears to have retired around 1799, four years before his death. Daniel Leader and Thomas Leader Jnr continued the business until 1816. Find out more… You can view the original documents referenced above at Sheffield Archives: Sheffield Archives, Tudor & Leader records, YWD1013 1013/2: Contract of Samuel Nicholson, 9th Sept 1777: 1013/4: "Messrs. Tudor Leaders & Nicholson's Articles of Copartnership for thirteen years & a half from the first of July 1785". 1013/6: "Articles for the Dissolution of Messrs. Tudor Leader's and Nicholson's Copartnership and for the forming of a new one Between them and Mr. Thomas Leader Junr.", 15th Jan 1793. 1013/7 "Deed for Dissolution of Copp […]: Messers. Tudor Leaders & Nicholson", 8th July 1796. Sheffield Archives, Bradbury Collection, Catalogue of Tudor & Leader, A248 (microfilm) There was a Richard Tudor, silversmith who could have been a relative. His brother in law was Thomas Bolsover (Boulsover), 1706 Eckington, Derbys.- Sep 1788 Sheffield. Of Tudor Hall, Sheffield. Apprenticed in London as a silversmith but moved to Sheffield.
|Born: 1737||Baptised: Welshpool, Montgomery, , Wales 4th Sep 1737 |
|Died: 22nd Jan 1803||Buried: Sheffield, Yorks., England 24th Mar 1803 |
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