What happened in 1884?

Back in 1884 many memorable events were happening around the world. Over in the states work had begun on the Statue of Liberty and in the August of 1884 the Cornerstone for the statue was laid on Bedloe’s Island (NYC). Grover Cleveland was elected president, and the eight-hour workday was first proclaimed by the Federation of Organised Trades and Labour Unions.

Dr John Harvey Kellogg patented “flaked cereal” and the International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. fixes the Greenwich meridian as the world’s prime meridian.

Back here in the UK, Queen Victoria was our monarch and our Prime Minister was William Ewart Gladstone of the Liberal Party.

The first fascicle of what would become the Oxford English Dictionary was published, the UK’s most destructive earthquake on record was recorded in Colchester and the NSPCC was founded as the London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

In football, the Midlands clubs of Derby County and Leicester City were both founded and the first British Home Championship was held between, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

The English cricket team were competing in the first Ashes test in the UK…and winning. They also won the first test in Australia and would complete the Ashes series victory in early 1885.

Away from sport, on a market stall in Leeds, Yorkshire, Michael Marks set up on Kirkgate Market, and the Marks & Spencer chain was born.

M&S was not the only brand to be born in 1884. It was a very special year for us here at George Barnsdale too, as it was the year that George Barnsdale opened a small carpentry firm up in the Lincolnshire town of Donington. Soon building a reputation on quality craftsmanship and to this day, we have continued to pride ourselves on this.

George Barnsdale

Our offices are still found on the site where it all began back in 1884, and the descendants of George are still running the company, ensuring we keep that reputation going, whilst also moving with he times to ensure we are at the forefront of the industry.