Siddall & Hilton Products Ltd – Company Timeline

Redfearn & Bedford

Redfearn & Bedford founded by Richard Redfearn & Sam Bedford, at Kirklees Iron Works,  Brighouse. Specialist Wire-Drawing

Relocated to Calder Wire Mills, Birds Royd, Brighouse


Death of Richard Redfearn


Death of Samuel Bedford

Associated Company: Wire Products (Brighouse) Ltd Founded, Manufacturer of wire milk crates & galvanised coat-hangers.

Acquired Calder Wire Mills site (Factory ‘A’) from The Beacon Dyeing Co. Ltd

Siddall & Hilton

Siddall & Hilton Ltd founded by Rowland Siddall & Thomas Hilton, Sowerby Bridge. Bedstead and woven wire mattress manufacturer

Operating 17 manufacturing & showroom premises around the UK and Dublin

Supplied beds to field and convalescent hospitals


Death of Thomas Hilton


Death of Rowland Siddall

Set up Subsidiary to supply hospital beds, & doctors’ surgery furniture for the new NHS (later became Sidhil Ltd & Medequip Ltd)

Redfearn & Bedford Ltd and Wire Products (Brighouse) Ltd  merged with Siddall & Hilton Ltd

Merged with Redfearn & Bedford; acquired Arthur Dixon & Co. Ltd; wire-drawing to service the whole Group focused at Standard Wire

Acquired vacant land at the top of the site on Birds Royd Lane from Hopkinson & Shore Ltd

Pioneered the ‘Atlas Bronze’ lacquer coating for wire coathangers. Now Europe’s largest coathanger manufacturer

Wire Products (Brighouse) Ltd relocated & merged with Redfearn & Bedford. Factory Extended. Renamed Redfearns Wire Products Ltd.

Acquired Floral Wire Products Ltd. Acquired Tower Works (Factory ‘B’) from Kent Introl Ltd.

Acquired 1st EVG mesh welding machine – (A GRS/85)

Acquired 2nd EVG mesh welding machine – (an LGR/52)

Acquired Direct Wire Ties Ltd, Forpak Ltd & welding wire reels division of National Standard Co.

Acquired the assets of the Recoil Spring Company

Company re-named Siddall & Hilton Products Ltd

Acquired 3rd EVG mesh welding machine – (an ATT/102)

Acquired 4th EVG mesh welding machine (a GRS/144) – the largest mesh machine in the world

Acquired 5th EVG mesh welding machine – (an ATT/126)

Capacity scaled back: 1st EVG mesh welding machine – (GRS/85) sold to a company in Brazil

Management Buy-Out – Company acquired from the 4th Gen. Siddall family by Mantis Holdings Ltd

Site Acquired by Mantis Investments Ltd  Divested Container Handles & Cut Lengths Departments

Divested Furniture Springs Department

Second MBO – Business & Site Acquired by Blackfish Enterprises Ltd

125th Anniversary  (impacted by Covid-19 pandemic)

Invested in a 5th EVG welding machine – (an LGR102) & expanded the workforce by 25%