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|"That they may build from age to age."|
The year 1900 opened in
an atmosphere of patriotism and warfare. The Boer invasion of Natal the
previous October had roused the feelings of the nation and people's
thoughts and hopes during those first few months of the new century were
on the grim struggle abroad. At Haywards fourteen days' leave was granted
to volunteers wishing to attend camp.
The reliefs of Kimberly, Ladysmith and Mafeking,
following in quick succession, brought optimism and trade. With Lord
Roberts's return to England, leaving his Chief of Staff, Kitchener, "to
fight to the finish," the public interest decreased. Apart from the weary
conflict in far-off South Africa, world trade resumed its normal course.
The progress of Haywards' business with its heavy
demand for iron castings was taxing the Southwark Foundry Company beyond
its capacity. This had been planned for simpler needs than those now
pressing. Labour troubles with moulders and other reasons caused the
directors to close it down for conversion as a fitting shop for Hayward
Brothers and Eckstein.
In December 1900, it was decided to open a branch
in Manchester where hitherto only an agency had operated. Offices and
showrooms were taken at 63, Moseley Street and J. G. Willmore