William Marston Limited was founded in 1865 by Mr William Marston and traded from Dale End, Birmingham.
Mr J D Brown, who represented William Marston, later acquired the business, and was sole proprietor for some years, afterwards taking his brother, Mr Alexander Brown, into partnership.
As trade increased a further move to Albert Street in 1888 was necessary where the company would stay for 99 years. Mr J D Brown died in 1901, and the business was carried on by Mr Alexander Brown until his death in 1914.
Subsequently, the business was formed into a private limited company, his brother Alderman Thomas Brown J.P., being Chairman and Managing Director.
On his death in 1923, his son, Mr Charles Kenneth Brown succeeded as Chairman, Managing Director and Secretary. Mr C.K Brown first entered the business in 1915, and except for a period of service in the Army during the First World War, he served the Company for over Fifty years before his death.
Mr Michael K.C Brown, son of Mr C.K Brown joined the board in 1960, making the fourth generation of Brown family in the business since it’s inception a hundred years ago.
In 1962 Mr Howard Baker was appointed Company Secretary, and on the death of Mr C.K Brown he became a Director.
Mr Howard Baker would also serve the company for over 50 years, and in that time move to our current premises in Fazeley Street in 1987.
When he died in 2007 it was a great loss to all who had had the privilege to have known him.
To the present day. A new era begins, with Mr Michael K.C Brown as Chairman, and his sister Mrs G Mansell a Director.
The appointment of Director to Mrs Clare Hodgkiss, after serving the company for over 20 years already, will carry the company forward for many years to come.
We shall continue to provide a full range of quality re-upholstery of Cars, Boats and Mobile Homes, New, Classic or Vintage covering UK and European Manufacturers.
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Our Company tradition for over 140 years, to supply Upholsterers and Trimmers, is what we know best.