Redding/Reading family of Birmingham and New Zealand

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N C Reading
December 17, 2019 - 12:24:09 p.m.

Firm of Jewellers founded by John Reading (1790-1862) in 1847 as a chain making workshop in Spencer Street, Birmingham. After his death, the business was carried on by his son, Walter Reading. On his death in 1868 control passed to his son and daughter, Nathaniel Cracknell Reading and Agnes Blackwell, who ran the firm as a partnership from 1869-1876, when Agnes retired. Her husband Althous Blackwell was a partner until at least 1925.
N.C. Reading was a founder member of the Birmingham Jewellers' and Silversmiths' Association and its treasurer from 1896 until 1901. He died in 1924.
By the early 1870s the firm had moved to 186-187 Warstone Lane and in 1900 a three-storey model factory was opened in Hall Street. In 1982 the firm moved out of the jewellery quarter to a new factory in Ward Street. At that time the company records were given to Birmingham Public Library, sample boards of die stamped parts were given to Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery and chain-making machines were given to the Birminham Museum of Science and Industry.

Roger Reading
December 11, 2019 - 4:50:49 p.m.

Welcome to Roger, another very distant cousin who is a decendant of the line from which spring the NZ settlers.

Lois Burfield
December 11, 2019 - 4:49:45 p.m.

Welcome to Lois whom I met in New Zealand in December 2019 whilst touring there.

I have spent ages trying to contact her after I found out that she had written a book about the early Reading settlers in NZ.

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