Old Liverpool Makers

William Bayliff  Est. 1847 - Billiard table manufacturers - Liverpool 1847 - 1890

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Known addresses-William Bayliff Cue Billard Table Manufacturer Liverppol

15 Houghton St, Liverpool 1

11 Houghton St, Liverpool 1

9 Houghton St, Liverpool 1 (1853)

3 & 5 Falkland St. off London Rd. Liverpool 3

5 & 9 Tyrer St. Liverpool 1 (1894-1900)

This Manufacturer is now part of the E.A.Clare group 

Sowerby and Sons , Liverpool abt.1881-1900

Advert from 1900 for Sowerby and sons, James Ashcroft, William Bayliff, Marsden & Saffley Billiard Table Makers

Thomas Sowerby born abt.1839 in Stanwick, Cumberland later moved to Liverpool lived at 26 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool for most of his years here (for those that know Liverpool is oppisite the Adelphi Hotel) this was the registered and advertised company address, His workshop listed as 19 & 21 Upper Newington basically the was side entrance to his Mount Pleasant property as can be seen in this photo below.

 In the 1881 census his Proffesion is recorded as a 'Billiard Table Maker' and lived there along with a large family including five sons at this point only the oldest 'John Sowerby'(17) is recorded as a 'Billiard Frame Maker'.

 In 1894 Kelly's directory he's listed also as a 'toy dealer & fancy repository' at 57 Great Charlotte St.If you have any information on this maker or items by him please send us what you know to antiques@braytoncues.co.uk26 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool 3 and 17 Upper Newington to the left,( corner property)                                                        

Sowerby and sons listing of 1894

J. Ashcroft & co. Est 1869

Information on this manufacturer is currently being put together, If you have any information to help or any items by J.Ashcroft & co., please help us and contact us.

Known Addresses-

37 Victoria St. Liverpool

86 Cumberland St. Liverpool

E.A.Clare & Son

The history of this company is well documented on thier own website www.eaclare.co.uk and is well worth a look, as is the Norman Clare Collection currently in the Thurston Shop on St Anne St. Liverpool, Anyone interested in Billiard and Snooker past should pay them a visit, this display includes many manufacturers including Burroughes and Watts of London and Orme and Sons from Manchester.

(The above information is a work in progress and maybe incorrect. It is correct to the best of our knowledge)

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