Our History - A Short History

George Jackson began trading from Rathbone Place, near Oxford Circus in London. At that time the Adam Brothers style of architecture and interior design had been central to what can now be called the age of elegance. Their legacy can still be appreciated inside buildings all over the world to this day.

 

It is believed that Robert Adam was associated with the introduction of composition as a reproductive material. Whatever the truth of that may be, Jacksons were soon producing reverse cut hardwood moulds and pressing out the new material in many decorative settings to order. "Compo" as it is colloquially known is a putty like substance originally introduced as a means of producing enrichments without recourse to the long established method of wood carving in the late 18th Century.

 

Later, John Jackson, the Founder's son introduced Fibrous Plaster into the country, setting the scene for a completely new and time saving approach to the production of interior embellishments.

 

Prior to the Second World War, Jackson's moved from their original home in the West End to Hammersmith, keeping the Rathbone name for their spacious new premises. The company became a specialist division of Clark & Fenn in the 1960's and with the closing of these works twenty years later, the newly incorporated company was successfully re-established within the headquarters of Clark & Fenn at the Mitcham Industrial Estate. Jackson's continues to arouse international interest because of its unmatched heritages and the range of moulds available, some authentic Adam.

 

Now under new and independent ownership a new chapter in the history of this illustrious company with its peerless lineage has begun. For a more detailed history focusing on many of the major and historical buildings, people and associations over the past two hundred years please visit the following pages which set out chronologically the history of George Jackson from its earliest of days