Mather & Platt Ltd. Archival Views 1

Design prepared for the Great Exhibition

Overview of the Salford Iron Works
Late 19th Century

The foundry, Salford Iron Works c. 1900

The Art of Good Management - Golf

Workers, Management and Executive Team Photograph

Visit to Mather & Platt by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II

The Mather & Platt Tower - an icon disappearedRoyal Visit photograph and information from Eric Sutcliffe - From right - William Mather (later Sir William Mather - son of  L. E. Mather) - H. M. Queen Elizabeth II - John Taylor (grandson of John Taylor M&P Chairman 1900). "The other lady in the picture, I think," says Eric Sutcliffe, "is one of the Queen's Ladies in Waiting. The tall man to the left of  'Lady in Waiting' is Mr. J. D. Paybody. Who the others are, I don't know, as the visiting party contained some of the county dignitaries - i.e. the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire etc."

The Bank of England - and top of the range security by Mather & Platt Ltd.Entrance to The Bank of England

Known colloquially as "The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street", the building stands on the corner of Princes Street and Threadneedle Street in London and overlooks the Mansion House.

It was founded in 1694 as an independent national bank, and originally operated from the Grocers' Hall in Princes Street but was greatly expanded by the famous architect, Sir John Soanes when it moved to its present site in 1734. It was extensively modernised between 1925 and 1939.

Mather & Platt was sub-contracted by Holloway Brothers (who were contracted by The Bank of England during its rebuilding and modernisation  in 1929) to build and supply the Portcullis Doors at the main entrance of the Bank.

As these doors are still in use, no further details are permitted at this juncture. Indeed, a spokeswoman for the Bank of England writes, "I have amended our catalogue entry to indicate more clearly that the item presently must remain closed."

It is a fitting tribute, therefore,  to the company that it should have been called upon to undertake this work and that the doors are still in use and clearly valued as effective after more than seventy years.

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