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During the late 1890's London, with a population of 5.5 million, was the largest city in the western world. It had recently seen the first issue of the Financial Times, the opening of Tilbury Docks, the infamous crimes of "Jack the Ripper" and was about to witness the opening of the first 'tube' railway and the building of New Scotland Yard. Exports were booming and, as a result, the box and packing case trade was experiencing enormous growth.

 

Against this background a young man arrived in London from Canterbury, where he had served his apprenticeship as an ironmonger.

Frederick Henry Brundle

Initially working for a company supplying the tea trade, it wasn't long before Frederick Henry Brundle saw his opportunity and in 1889, at the age of 31, with the courtesy of a small loan from his father FH Brundle opened the doors of his business.

 

The Founder outside original premises

At first he limited himself to selling nails and ironmongery but soon horseshoes and farriers sundries were added to the range. Around the turn of the century the London dairies alone employed over 3,000 horses and their shoes needed replacing every month. FH Brundle supplied the majority of these, along with the tools required for the farriers and blacksmiths to ply their trade.

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