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Edwin A. Gore & Co., bed manufacturers

Broughton Gifford, Hundred of Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Gore beds, Broughton Gifford, advert

An advertisement from a Bradford and Melksham directory for 1958-1959

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Edwin Albert Gore was born in Broughton Gifford in 1864, son of baker Jacob Gore and his wife Sarah Skreen. His elder brother, James, was following in their father’s footsteps and became a baker and grocer in Silver Street in Bradford. Edwin was listed as a mattress maker as early as 1881, when he was 16. After his death in 1932, his firm was continued by his widow, Ada Beatrice (née Dallimore), and their son Albert Edwin until at least 1966. She was then still living in The Street, Broughton, while he was in Melksham.

There was a cluster of bed manufacturers in the local area, stemming from feather merchants Sawtell in Holt and Melksham and leading to the present Airsprung in Canal Road, Trowbridge, which was founded in 1871.