Arthur Rochester Brown - Master 1928-9
Arthur was born in 1884 in St Pancras London, the son of a Scottish born father who moved to London at the age of seven. He attended Haberdashers Aske’s school.
The 1881 census shows his father working as “Army Contractors Clerk”. The 1891and the 1901 census as a “Manager Gold lace Manufacturer”. In the latter Arthur’s brother is shown as a “Clerk to an Army Contractor” and Arthur as a “Clerk to a Tea Merchants”.
In 1911 Arthur is a “Tailors Porter” yet in November 1918 he and his brother William pay £73000 for the army contractors Hobson and Sons (London) ltd. The strange thing is that Arthur is the leading light and becomes Chairman and Managing Director but his brother is only a shareholder despite his earlier involvement with the firm.
Arthur Brown became a Freeman of the City of London on 9th February 1919 as a Gold and Silver Wyre Drawer and in 1923 was one of the Craftsmen Member of the Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company who presented the Gold and Silver Wyre Embroidery to celebrate the Tri-centenary.
In 1927 he was a member of the committee who arranged the successful Public Exhibition that the Company gave which was visited by Her Majesty Queen Mary. Held in Stationers’ Hall it included the various stages of gold and silver wire drawing and methods of spinning. The practical demonstrations included embroideresses making trumpet banners, belts, badges, epaulettes, aiguillettes, tassels and sword knots. Photographs of the exhibition are in possession of the family.
The family business of Hobson and Sons is still in business manufacturing all these items in Gold and Silver Lace and all manner of military uniforms and accoutrements and currently still have the contract for the colours for the Armed forces.
In 1928 Arthur became Master of the Company and remained a member until his death in 1954.
In 1929 he presented the Company with a silver inkwell which is displayed at Skinners Hall.
Arthur Brown married in 1910 to Jessie and had 3 children, Donald, Enid and Doreen. After the death of his first wife he married again in 1947 Dorothy with whom he had a son Andrew. His son Donald and grandson Christopher both became Chairman of Hobsons.