The Company was founded
over 150 years ago when, upon the death of her husband
in 1851, Eliza Tinsley decided to take over
the running of the business (despite having
five children under the age of eleven!!).
She moved the business to Cradley Heath in
1853 and became known locally as 'the widow'.
Over the next twenty years she built
a reputation as a fair and knowledgeable businesswoman
and the business thrived, becoming the largest of its
kind in the area. In fact, according to the National
Census of 1871 around 4,000 people were employed by
Eliza Tinsley, many of them outworkers living in the
chainmakers cottages so prominent throughout the region.
They would visit the site once a week to collect materials
and then would return the following week with finished
product forged in their own outhouses.
Eliza retired in 1872 and the business
was taken over by four partners including Mr G. Harry
Green, a former sales representative of the Company.
Eliza died at home in April 1882 aged
68 and G. H. Green bought out his partners at around
this time. The Company stayed in private hands until it became part of a PLC. It was then acquired by the Atlantic Group in 2006.