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Abbeyhorn

1749  - 

<p>Abbeyhorn is one of the oldest and most successful English horn works.&nbsp; It has manufactured animal horn products since it was founded by the Humpherson Family of Bewdley, in 1749.&nbsp; The family maintained ownership for 171 years.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 1912, Humpherson horn works moved to Gloucester, and around 1920 the works were sold to Mr. Grove, a relative of the Grove family of Halesowen, a center of the horn button industry.&nbsp; In 1923, Grove sold to Percy Leresche who renamed the company "The Abbey Horn Works" after Llanthony Abbey.&nbsp; In 1932, Leresche moved the works to Kendal, Cumbria, and merged the firm with the horn comb works owned by James Troughton and Sons, making Jim Troughton a partner.</p> <p>In 1955, Abbey Horn Works was sold to Mr. and Mrs. John Barnes, but Percy Leresche continued to work with John Barnes until his death a few years later. The export market expanded and the company name was changed to "Abbey Horn of Kendal Ltd.</p> <p>In 1980, Paul Cleasby joined the work force as an apprentice horn worker, and in 1991 Cleasby bought the company and moved the works a few miles away to the village of Holme at the old Holme Mills site of Goodacres Carpets. The name was changed to "Abbeyhorn of Lakeland".&nbsp; In 1998, The Scottish horn works called "Horncraft" from Irvine, Ayrshire was bought from the Buyers' Family and combined into "Abbeyhorn".</p> <p>&nbsp;See:</p> <p><a href="http://www.abbeyhorn.co.uk/">Abbeyhorn company website</a></p>
 
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