William Hutchinson: An Alderman

Broomhall People from 'The Making of Sheffield', 1924 by J.H.Stainton

“The death of Mr. William Hutchinson, then Alderman, took place at Broomhall Park in 1887 when he was 87 years old. His father had quite a prosperous business in Pinstone Street as scissor manufacturer, and the son, at a time when the pressure of French competition was being felt, went to London was traveler for his firm. He could not sell his scissors—he was told Sheffield folks kept taking to London just what London had and was asked if Sheffielders had no ideas. The conversation ran on until the Londoner showed his young visitor a scarificator and asked if his firm could make them. The young man believed that it could. One was brought home, and what had been an exclusive trade in London was better done in Sheffield, where it created a new industry.”

Taken from the book, The Making of Sheffield 1865-1914 by J.H. Stainton

Publisher: E.Weston and Sons, Change Alley, Sheffield, 1924.

Sheffield Archives & Local Studies 942.74 S

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