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Chapter I

"We may see our future in the glass of
our past history."
Wendell Phillips


    This story starts with glass and glaziers, proceeds to iron and ironmongers, combines the two trades and gradually through its various stages progresses into the industry known today as Haywards Limited.
    Looking back, it is seen to be a story with an almost logical sequence. But it is one thing to reflect upon what has been and another upon what may lie ahead. Samuel Hayward, the founder of the company, could have had little inkling, as he drew his diamond across a sheet of glass in his City warehouse in the year 1783, of the remarkable developments from that simple act.
    At that date, the Hayward family had already been living within "the square mile" for over two hundred years. The earliest known member of the family had been George Hayward, a woollen cloth maker of Bridgnorth in Shropshire, whose son, Sir Rowland Hayward, had settled in the City of London early in the sixteenth century, becoming Lord Mayor in 1570. This gentleman, considered by some historians to be the most notable alderman of his time, greatly distinguished himself in public and civic affairs, being elected Member of Parliament for the City, Master of the Cloth Workers' Company and a Governor of the Company of Merchant Adventurers. A friend of Elizabeth the First, he became her Majesty's confidant and creditor, on one occasion