Northgate, Halifax

Charles Horner (born in 1837, died in 1896), the original founder of the jewellery business, achieved much in his 59 years. With his innovative designs and undoubted marketing skills, he laid the foundations of a thriving business, which survived two world wars. It finally went into voluntary liquidation in 1984, at a time when a large sector of British manufacturing industry disappeared.

Charles Horner’s family and educational background, his two marriages and his business career are traced in the Book Charles Horner of Halifax.

After Charles’s death, two of his sons, Charles Henry Horner and James Dobson Horner, managed the business so well that they were able to build a state-of-the-art, modern factory at Mile Cross in Halifax. The manufacturing, retail and wholesale premises, which had hitherto been in Northgate, Halifax, was moved to the new factory in 1905 and the retail business was then discontinued.

The book also reveals changes in the firm’s resources (including management, finance, employees, marketing and manufacture) in over 120 years of trading.

Northgate, Halifax.
Charles Horner
Charles Horner