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West Bros. & Co.
Edwin West, trading as West Bros. & Co.

Kelly's Directory: Wholesalers - 1915 -1918 they were at Wentworth Road,
and in 1920 had moved to Irchester road.

Rushden Echo, 22nd December 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Boot Manufacturer’s Appeal

At the Northants Appeals Tribunal on Monday, Ralph F. West, Rushden, general manager of West Brothers and Co.’s Higham Ferrers factory, appealed on business grounds against the final exemption to December 31st, granted by the local Tribunal.  Appellant had volunteered and had been rejected three times, but had now passed for general service.  He is aged 32, single.


Rushden Echo, 20th January 1922, transcribed by Kay Collins

VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION—At an extra ordinary general meeting of West Bros. Ltd., boot manufacturers, Irchester-road, Rushden, held on Saturday, it was resolved that the company be wound up voluntarily, and that Mr. A. C. Palmer be appointed liquidator.

The statutory meeting of creditors will he held on Thursday, February 9th, at 3 p.m. at Franklin’s Hotel, Northampton.

Rushden Echo, 5th May 1922, transcribed by Kay Collins

Two Boot Factories, lately occupied by Messrs. West Brothers Ltd., were offered by auction by Messrs. Pendered and Son Ltd., at the Coffee Tavern, Rushden, on Tuesday. For the Rushden factory in Gravely-street, £2,000 was offered, and at £2,300 the lot was withdrawn. There was no bidding for the factory and house in Spring Gardens, Higham Ferrers.


Rushden Echo, 17th November 1922, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Actions at Law - Claim Against Shoe Manufacturer
Question of a Bank Guarantee

Mr Justice Darling, in the King’s Bench Division, on Friday last heard the actions of “The London Joint City and Midland Bank v West.” There were two actions, one against Edwin West, of Rushden, trading as West Bros. & Co., shoe manufacturers, on a guarantee. A second action was against his wife, Louisa Elizabeth West. The action against Mrs West was for £2,500 granted by the bank to this lady, who set up an agreement under which she alleged there been accord and satisfaction of the debt. She said her husband’s liability had been substituted for her own.

Mr Goddard said that a trading account was kept at the bank by Mrs West, and her son and West had power to draw on it. Mrs West also had an account of her own, which was the one in question. She borrowed money from the bank to build a house, depositing the title-deeds with the bank. Subsequently a solicitor, Mr Woodford Robinson, called on Mr Smith, the bank manager, and told him West’s business was being turned into limited liability company, and a new factory was being built. No doubt Mrs West’s overdraft arrangement might be made to pay it off. He wanted Mrs West’s deeds released and a mortgage taken on Mr West’s property. The bank never agreed to that. That was the defence to the claim.

Mr Reginald Smith, former manager of the bank at Rushden, gave evidence in support of the claim, and said he never agreed to accept a mortgage from West in substitution of Mrs West’s deeds. West, he said, had no property to mortgage.

Witness was cross-examined by Mr Campion. The action against Mrs West, by agreement among the respective solicitors, was withdrawn.

The other action against Mr West was then heard.

Mr Arthur Muxloe, present manager of the Rushden branch of the bank, produced and identified a guarantee signed by Edwin West for £10,000, by which he guaranteed the account of West Bros. & Co. at the bank. The bank had sold the securities deposited in the Company, and they had realised £9,914.

Judgement was entered for plaintiffs for that sum.


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