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1902 at the age of 77 years. His portrait shows a strong and
resolute face, with firm eyes, a straight nose and the well-trimmed
beard of his period.|
So, in person, the last of the Haywards quits
this chronicle. The name remains as that of a company known all
over the globe. It is seen daily by thousands through the length and
breadth of the land and will be found in China, India, Australia, Russia,
South America, the Fiji Islands and other far corners of the world.
The collaboration between William Hayward and
Eckstein had qualified the latter to carry the burden left by the
withdrawal of the former to private life. Energetic and indefatigable
though he was, Eckstein fully realised that "Two heads are better than
one" and further that three heads may be better than two. With this
fact in mind, shortly after the departure of his old partner, Eckstein
approached the old-established firm of Cottam and Willmore, of Winsley
Street, the proprietor of which, J. A. Willmore, was personally known
to him in the Indian Civil Service.
This gentleman already had over thirty years'
experience. He had been apprenticed in 1859 to a firm of engineers
and mill-wrights, neighbors of Hayward Brothers, in Southwark. The
premium paid, ninety-nine pounds fifteen shillings for a term of six
years, shows the esteem in which such a skilled trade stood. As
little as ten pounds might purchase indentures in other older trades.
J. A. Willmore, then a lad of fourteen, bound himself not to "contract
Matrimony within the said term." The indenture continued "he shall not
play at cards dice tables or any other unlawful games... he shall
neither buy nor sell he shall not haunt taverns or Play houses nor
absent himself from his said Masters service day nor night unlawfully
but in all things as a faithful Apprentice he shall behave himself
towards his said Masters and all theirs during the said term."
Founded in 1818, and originally trading as
Cottam and Company, the firm of Cottam and Willmore had gained an
enviable reputation as manufacturers of stable fittings and ornamental