Buyer’s Guide to Cumberland and Westmorland

(Page created 28/05/13. Last updated 11/10/16)


Cumberland Development Council, 1967

Here is a generous selection taken from this guide to the main employers in the two counties at the time of publication in the mid 1960s. It is interesting to note those that have survived, e.g. Gilkes in Kendal, and others -including some famous names e.g. Quaker Oats in Whitehaven – that have not.

Company Product
Alston Foundry Co.Ltd. Steel castings (electric arc furnace)
Border Engineering Contractors Ltd, Whitehaven & Carlisle Civil engineering
James Bendall & Sons Ltd., Albion Works, Carlisle Sheet metal work
Bothel Lime & Limestone Co.Ltd., Aspatria
Henry Bowes & Son, Egremont General engineering
S.Brannan & Sons Ltd., Cleator Moor Cumberland Thermometer Works
Isaac Braithwaite & Son, Engineers, Ltd., Ibis Works, Kendal Laundry and textile machinery
The British Bata Shoe Co.Ltd., Maryport
British Gypsum Ltd., Cocklakes
Robert R.Buck & Sons Ltd., Atlas House, Carlisle Shirt and pyjama manufacturers
Carlisle Engineering Ltd., Kingstown Trading Estate Steel and aluminium structures
Carlisle & District State Management Scheme Malting, brewing etc.
Carrs of Carlisle Ltd. Biscuits
Castlerigg Engineering Co.Ltd., Keswick
William Coulthard & Co.Ltd.,Crown Works, Carlisle Pressure diecasting machines
Cowan Sheldon & Co.Ltd., Carlisle Cranes, turntables, winches etc.
Jacob Cowen & Sons Ltd., Ellers Mill, Dalston Wadding, bandages
Cumberland Cloth Co.Ltd., Workington Woollen cloth
Cumberland Curled Hair Manufacturing Co.Ltd., Silloth
Cumberland Paper Co.Ltd.,Cleator
Cumberland Pencil Co., Keswick
Distington Engineering Co.Ltd., Workington Iron foundry and heavy engineering products
D.S.Plugs Ltd., Alorite Ltd., Workington Plugs, sockets, fuses etc.
Elbeo Manufacturing Ltd., Millom High class ladies’ stockings
Elliott Process Automation Ltd., Maryport Measuring instruments)
W.A.Fell Ltd., Windermere Woodworking machinery
Fischer & Porter Ltd., Workington Instruments for industrial process control
Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd., Kendal Water turbines, pumps and valves
Glaxo Laboratories Ltd., Ulverston Bulk antbiotics and fine chemicals
Gush & Dent Ltd., Penrith Animal control and feeding equipment
High Duty Alloys Ltd., Workington Wrought aluminium alloy extrusions
Hornflowa Ltd., Maryport 1. Tool makers 2. Moulding plastic articles
J.K.Innes & Co.Ltd., Carlisle Process equipment and chemical plant
Kangol Helmets Ltd., Carlisle Safety helmets and belts
Kangol Wear Ltd., Cleator and Frizington Berets, caps, hats
Kentmere Ltd., Staveley Cardboard boxes
Keswick Granite Co.Ltd., Threlkeld Quarrying and processing granite
Kirkhouse Brick & Tile Works Ltd., Carlisle
John Laing Construction Ltd., Carlisle Building and civil engineering
Lakeland Laboratories Ltd., Keswick Detergents
Larma Ltd., Aspatria Underwear, nightwear, shirts and jerseys
R.Lawton (Engineers) Ltd., Carlisle Handling equipment – conveyors, cranes, hoists etc.
Marchon Products Ltd., Whitehaven 1. Raw materials for industrial and household detergents, shampoos and cosmetics, 2. Sulphuric acid, oleum and cement
Wilfred Marley Ltd., Workington Design, supply and erection of blast furnaces
The Metal Box Co.Ltd., Carlisle 1. Decorated tin box making and packaging service, 2. Food cans
Millers (Great Yarmouth) Ltd., Cockermouth Ladies’ and children’s footwear
The Millom Hematite Ore & Iron Co.Ltd., Millom Iron ore mines. Pig iron production. Iron foundry
The Milk Marketing Board Creamery, Kendal Fresh cream, butter, and spray dried milk powder
L.A.Mitchell (Pratchitt Bros.) Ltd., Carlisle Drying, crushing, calcining plant, etc.
Morton Sundour Fabrics Ltd., Carlisle Furnishing and upholstery fabrics
Ostle Electronics, Aspatria Language laboratories
Peacock’s Precision Engineers, Carlisle Jig, die and toolmakers
L.& P.Peat Ltd., Carlisle Horticultural peat
Joseph Pirt & Co., Workington General and marine engineering
Porter Engineering Co. Ltd., Carlisle Castings, fabrication and machine work
J.J.Porter Ltd., Carlisle Steel brackets, fittings, fire escapes, gates, etc.
Precision Products (Cumberland) Ltd., Alston Precision steel castings
Quaker Oats Ltd., Whitehaven
S.Redmayne & Sons Ltd., Wigton Men’s made-to-measure clothing
W.C.Robertson (Carlisle) Ltd. Bread and confectionery
Seagull Products Seidners Ltd., Egremont Bags, stationery and gift items
Secura Ltd., Carlisle Refrigerated display counters. Incubators.
Simonacco Ltd., Carlisle Pumps, filters, screens and washing plant
Solway Engineers Ltd., Carlisle Structural steelwork
Somervell Brothers Ltd., Workington Men’s shoes
Staveley Electrical Ltd., Staveley nr. Kendal Switches
Stevens of Carlisle Ltd., Carlisle Wood and metal cutting circular and band saws
Sultra Ltd., Workington Dressing and dyeing of sheepskins
Teasdale & Co. Ltd., Carlisle Manufacturing confectioners
Thames Board Mills Ltd., Workington Packing board
L.A.Mitchell (Pratchitt Bros.) Ltd., Carlisle Drying, crushing, calcining plant, etc.
Robert Todd & Sons Ltd., Carlisle Lambswool and shetland yarn spinning
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Sellafield
Vale Carpet Co. Ltd., Workington Mats, rugs and carpets
West Cumberland By Products Co. Ltd., Maryport Chemicals
Joseph Wharton & Son (Maryport) Ltd., Maryport General engineers and ironfounders
The Whitehaven Brick & Tile Co. Ltd., Whitehaven Bricks
The Workington Brewery Co. Ltd Brewing, blending and bottling
Workington Iron & Steel Co., Workington Pig iron, steel rails, etc.