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    Does anyone know about a factory in Duke Street (Chinatown). The building is believed to be still standing and it was called possibly Langdon's?

    My 85 year old mother thinks her aunt worked there and it produced work clothing.


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    I will try and post a photo of it later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron_S View Post
    Does anyone know about a factory in Duke Street (Chinatown). The building is believed to be still standing and it was called possibly Langdon's?

    My 85 year old mother thinks her aunt worked there and it produced work clothing.

    I will try and post a photo of it later.
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    Built in 1858 for Abbots cabinet makers. It had been extended as time progressed. Langdons extended the building in the 1930s. They made tents as well. There was a small workwear factory up Leece St on the left as well - not Langdons.

    They folded in the early 1980s If I recall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron_S View Post
    Does anyone know about a factory in Duke Street (Chinatown). The building is believed to be still standing and it was called possibly Langdon's?

    My 85 year old mother thinks her aunt worked there and it produced work clothing.

    I will try and post a photo of it later.
    I knew many who worked there - including my ex wife. Lots of machinists & pressers producing work clothing.

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    Thumbs up Langdons

    Hi,
    If my memory serves me well, Their Logo was a "Battle Ship"

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    QUOTE=Waterways;144106]By Gregs Dad:


    Built in 1858 for Abbots cabinet makers. It had been extended as time progressed. Langdons extended the building in the 1930s. They made tents as well. There was a small workwear factory up Leece St on the left as well - not Langdons.

    They folded in the early 1980s If I recall.[/QUOTE]

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    Wasn't there a factory called Wetherall's, in that area? Made camping gear,or overalls,I think!

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    Weatherall's had a place in Colquitt Street, my ex worked there in the 60's, it was only a small place - on the outside anyway.
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    i have an old 1924 reciept from john langdon and sons ltd, manufacturer of military accoutrements, uniforms, oilskin & india rubber goods, tarpaulins, tent, saddlery, horse clothing, outfitting etc. wholesale & export merchants and general warehousmen. government contractors, factories 75 old hall street, 35 - 39 parr street, 26 fleet street liverpool. corner of duke street, tele royal 4610 telegrams "militry" also offices at london and sheffield.

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    the person who said that the trade mark for langdons was a battleship was nearly right, it looks more like a destroyer set in the middle of the the words uniform brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron_S View Post
    Does anyone know about a factory in Duke Street (Chinatown). The building is believed to be still standing and it was called possibly Langdon's?

    My 85 year old mother thinks her aunt worked there and it produced work clothing.

    I will try and post a photo of it later.

    I worked in Langdons general office from 1941 to 1950(office manager miss Proll)

    The ground floor housed the wholesale warehouse selling foorwear,gloves,drapery bedding etc to the local shops; travellers were em ployed to sell the goods in various parts of the country. The next two floors housed machines for making boilersuits, overalls etc and tents. The very top floor with the small windows was the canteen where a cup of tea and a buttered cob cost an old halfpenny each!!! Happy days.

    I have recently been informed that the building was originally a Scandinavian hotel, but I'm not sure about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan howard View Post
    i have an old 1924 reciept from john langdon and sons ltd, manufacturer of military accoutrements, uniforms, oilskin & india rubber goods, tarpaulins, tent, saddlery, horse clothing, outfitting etc. wholesale & export merchants and general warehousmen. government contractors, factories 75 old hall street, 35 - 39 parr street, 26 fleet street liverpool. corner of duke street, tele royal 4610 telegrams "militry" also offices at london and sheffield.
    That's a bit of a mouthful.

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    I was very interested to see what has been posted about Langdons. My grandfather - Harry T Langdon - was chairman for many years and it was he who arranged for the company to be floted as a public company in the early 1950's. I remember the building well and went in there most Friday's to tell 'Mr Harry' (as he was known) that it was time to go home. Miss Proll has been mentioned - she became Company Secretary and was much respected. She became Mrs Hughes but was always known as Miss Proll. When Mr Harry was in his mid-80's he gave up the chairmanship to Geoff Jenkins who was his brother-in-law. In 1969 the company was bought by Electonic Rentals - a big TV rental company who had a camping equipment side and wanted to expand it through this acquisition. The site in Duke Street continued for a few years until Phillips bought ER; after that I think the business was closed. When I was last in Liverpool in 1998 the site was pretty well derelict with lots of broken windows which I found very depressing so the picture posted here cheered me up a bit as it looks as though the building is back in some sort of use. I have a letter heading from 1900 and one from 1963 which features the 'Uniform Brand' logo (the warship) and 'Cathedral Brand' which shows the anglican building. If I knew how to do it I would insert it here!

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    As I mentioned previously,I worked at Langdons during the 1940's and I remember "Mr Harry". On one occasion when his secretary(Miss Sharp)was away I took her place for the day. I must admit that I was in awe of him but he put me at my ease!! I also remember his brothers "Mr Jack" and "Mr Ralph", the latter I think was an accountant. I did secretarial work for Mr D G Jenkins when he returned from the Dublin branch. I am now 82 years of age and still have happy memories of my time at Langdons.

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    Nice personal touches guys. It sounds like an old film script or something out of Grace Brothers on 'Are you being served'. Love it. I meant your comments and recollections, not the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgie View Post
    I was very interested to see what has been posted about Langdons. My grandfather - Harry T Langdon - was chairman for many years....
    I am very interested in this thread, I am researching my family tree and Ralph T Langdon 'Mr Ralph' (accountant) was my Grandfather. I would love to hear more about the company and from family members

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    I think Langdons had a factory/wharehouse in Tabley St in the 60's,
    if not them there was place that stored tents,uniforms etc
    was a kid growing up in Tabley St in 60's and am 80% sure it was Langdons
    if not,does anyone know or remember this factory.

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    Dear sir

    Harry T Langdon was my great-grandfather. My mother is Helen Muir, née Buxton - daughter of Frances Buxton, née Langdon, Harry's daughter and your grandfather's niece. I am afraid I know nothing about the company beyond what has already been posted - apart from some trivia (we camped for many years in a Langdon-manufactured tent, and Langdon's is cited in the autobiography of the first lady head of MI5, as the place of work of her mother). However, if you're interested in this branch of your family tree, clearly I can help.

    I had never seen a picture of Langdon's until this post... I do remember the house in which Harry T Langdon lived, on Plymyard Avenue. I believe it was pulled down shortly after his death, and a housing estate built on the site.

    Let me know at andrew753194 @ aol.com if i can help.

    Best wishes and best of luck

    ---------- Post added at 04:43 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:33 PM ----------

    Dear Georgie

    I too am interested in this - I am a great-grandson of Harry T Langdon, via his daughter Frances, and her daughter Helen. I do not think any of my living family have seen the Uniform Brand or Cathedral Brand logo's - would it be possible to photocopy or photograph the artefacts you have?

    Your knowledge of the H T Langdon history is clearly superior to mine - I would love to hear more somehow. Is there anything I might know that would interest you, I wonder?

    I hope this funds you well, and in inquisitive mood!

    Andrew (Muir)

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