His wide range of products included
garden, joiners’ and moulders’ tools, bricklayers’ trowels,
palette knives, graining combs, butchers’ and bakers’ tools, and
of course, as always
with a Tyzacks, saws. The range needed a bigger works, so
property in Bowden
Street was acquired.
Joseph and Sarah had three children,
a son Thomas, born 17th April 1842, a daughter Ann, (who married
Louis Spencer), and a daughter Louisa, (who became Louisa
Thomas was the “& Son” and took over the business
when his father retired to Southport. He built the premises,
known as Meersbrook Works, Valley Road, Heeley. Thomas married
and had three daughters, Cassandra, Minnie and Rose, and two
sons, George and Clement. Clement took over from his father and
was succeeded by joint managing directors, Minnie and Rose.
One of his most
successful inventions was the steel plasterers trowel, (wooden
floats had been used prior to this time), incorporating an
improved method of attaching the handle to the blade. This
process was patented in 1902, most likely by Joseph’s son
Thomas, who succeeded his father and also built the
Meersbrook Works in Valley
Road, Heeley, to accommodate his expanding business
It was this
company which produced the excellent
Tyzack Rapper Swords
which bear the "Legs of Man” trade mark, and in many cases the
patent No.9835 which relates to the handle fixing process
devised by Joseph.
firm continued to exist until about 1942 when it joined Isaac Nash of Stourbridge to form Nash Tyzack Industries. This did not last long because by 1953 Brades joined in and the
company became Brades, Nash & Tyzack.
By 1962 the Skelton company added
its name. This was followed by a take-over by Spearwell Tools,
then Spear & Jackson but they were all in their turn acquired by
Neill Tools Ltd in 1985.
1712 Tyzacks had made tools, probably in a small way, and
without much variation until 1800. Then from the founding of
William’s business in 1812 until around 1950, a total of one
hundred and thirty-eight years, there had only been changes to
the arrangement of the businesses largely to suit the needs of a
growing family and a slowly changing product.
From 1950 onwards,
however, we can see the beginning of an explosion. We see a
change towards gross rationalization, where firms battled to
take over or be taken over.
As the second half of the century
developed and cheap, but reasonable quality imports became
common, this became a fury and it proved difficult to keep track
of all the moves affecting the residue of the Tyzack companies.
The above sketch is a partial reprint from "Glass, Tools &
Tyzacks" by Don Tyzack