The origins of Barber Wilsons & Co date back to 1898 (or thereabouts!) when brothers Henry and Frederick Wilson decided to embark on their very own business journey following many years apprenticeship and working hard for others. They began manufacturing their own plumbers brass work and bought a small factory in Wood Green, North London. This is where they set up their brass foundry and machine shop under the name of Wilson Brothers.
Barber Wilsons & Co Ltd came into being in 1908 with Walter Wilson as Managing Director. By the late 20s and early 30s, they were commissioned to make special fittings for the new London Dorchester hotel, which was being at the time built. It was to be the start of a long and successful relationship, the start of Barber Wilsons & Co supplying quality plumbing to the top hotels across London.
Proud of their history, Barber Wilsons & Co is the oldest independent, family owned company manufacturing water fittings in the United Kingdom. Passionate about making the best quality taps possible, Barber Wilsons & Co are so good that they have held the Royal Warrant for over 80 years. In fact Edward VIII first chose Barber Wilsons & Co for his taps.
By the late 1970’s the company was approached by an interior designer looking to refurbish Victorian terraced houses. The designer’s vision was to install period bathrooms complete with roll top cast iron baths and new traditionally designed brass taps. The old catalogues were full of such fittings, but had not been manufactured for 40-50 years. So with that, the old patterns were dusted off and the first of Barber Wilsons & Co’s highly successful traditional taps range were produced.
As a company and as a product, we love Barber Wilsons & Co for their traditional English design, incredible quality and fantastic attention to detail which is why they are now installed in our newly refurbished showroom as part of our Longford display. The perimeter sink run has a Barber Wilsons & Co mixer tap with rinse and cross head handles and on the prep table is the Barber Wilsons & Co mono mixer crosshead handles in polished nickel.
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