JOHN LONGDEN (born 1799 - died 1872) was the founder of JOHN LONGDEN AND SON. Originally setup as a manufacturer of ground ganister, a fire resistant compound used in the repair of furnaces for the famous Sheffield steel industry.
The business passed on to John’s son GEORGE LONGDEN (born ? – died 25th May 1897) and the business was now known as GEORGE LONGDEN AND SON LTD. Around 1853 the business took on huge construction works of buildings, public works, railway works, banking institutions, insurance buildings, churches, theatres, music halls, factories, colliery construction and civil engineering projects. Sheffield City Hall is probably its biggest achievement. The business employed over seventy staff. During the First World War the firm’s resources were largely directed towards the provision of munitions.
Councillor JAMES LONGDEN (born 1847 - died 27th March 1907) was the son of George Longden. When still very young James joined his father and helped him carry on the extensive business. The business had by this time carried out large contracts for public authorities and railway companies all over the kingdom.
WILLIAM LONGDEN (born 1874 - died 18th May 1922), son of James Longden, took charge of the business.
JAMES D.W. LONGDEN (born 1900 - died 1954), son of William and Ann Longden, was the sixth and last generation to lead the firm. James also followed his mother into politics becoming councillor for Sheffield Hallam in 1944.
MRS ANN ELIZA LONGDEN, (born 1869 - died 12th August 1952) wife of William Longden, becomes the first woman Lord Mayor of Sheffield. On the death of her husband William, Ann became Chairwoman of the family business. PHOTO
THE WHITECROFT GROUP acquires Longden and very soon sold the Building and Civil Engineering divisions but retained the JOINERY DIVISION and highly respected LONGDEN name.
LEADERFLUSH SHAPLAND LTD (later known as LS GROUP) acquires Longden Doors from the WHITECROFT GROUP.
SIG (Sheffield Insulation Group) acquires the LS GROUP and Longden Doors.
LIG (Laidlaw Interiors Group) acquires the LS GROUP and Longden Doors.
Longden Doors celebrates 175 years of trading.
Longden Doors Ltd once again becomes a “stand alone” business.