Hammond Turner

Hammond Turner manufactured this pickle fork in the late nineteenth century in Birmingham, England

Hammond Turner

This is a detail from a 'general service' button

Hammond Turner

This is a detail from a button made by Hammond Turner for the city of Liverpool

Article Index

1841 Inspections - Mr Chatwin's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - Mr Hasluck's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - Mr Elliott's Button Manufactory

1841 inspections - Mr Aston's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - Messrs Smith and Kemp's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - Mr Bullock's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - Mr Ingram's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - The Pearl Button Trade

Other inspections - 1841 - all pages

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The shops in general are light and airy; one for 6 workpeople is 18 ft. 9 in. by 9 ft., having one row of windows and a pitched roof. Another, which is considered as the worst on the premises, is for 27 people, 17 of whom are children and 10 women; this shop is 24 ft. 5 in. by 13 ft.; it is high and has a double row of windows. The clerk stated that this was very hot at night. A “cutting-out” shop, for women only, is dark and low; it is for 8 persons, and is 12 ft. by 11 ft. 7 in., and is 7 ft. 3 in. high. The japanning shop has an unpleasant smell, and is hot from the stoves it contains. I saw a boy 10 years’ old at work who was pale and looked sickly.
There are 3 privies placed in different yards; which are, however, used in common, although, by proper regulations, they might easily be kept distinct. The yards are large, and the premises are altogether open and spacious. Being holiday time the people were not at work.
Every facility was afforded by the proprietor.

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About us

This web site has been created by Lesley Close as an on-line museum displaying some of the buttons and other artifacts manufactured by Hammond Turner & Sons (and related companies), button makers of Birmingham (and Manchester), England.

Lesley's interest in buttons started when she saw the words 'button maker' in the 'father's occupation' column of her maternal great grandmother's marriage certificate. After rather too many 'ag labs', vicars and sailors, here was a wonderful change of occupation. She thought she might find a picture of a button: instead, she found a picture of the one-time owner of the business and over 200 different buttons made by the company.

What we don't do

The button-making company Hammond Turner no longer exists - we do not make buttons!