industry

  • The Broad family in brush making

    a biography of Alex Broad

    W.L.Broad, “Lawson”, followed his father into the Brush Trade. Alfred Carter Broad, “AC”, born 1851 in Diss, Norfolk, apprenticed into brushmaking, in London. After meeting and marring in 1876, Martha, nee Osbourn, of Eye, they set up home above his fathers hard ware shop in Bury St Edmunds, making brushware for local farmers. Not finding […]

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  • The factory

    Kathleen Flory

    Father (Albert Ewart Webb) was a partner in the long-established brush factory with his cousin Harry (Henry George). Senior partner was Harry’s father George. George, and Albert’s father William, were sons of Robert Webb, who founded the brush factory in 1829. [*see ‘Chesham at Work in the 20th Century’ for more information]. What better wonderland […]

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