John Per­rins & Son awarded with Blue Plaque

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The Mayor of Worces­ter, coun­cil­lor Jab­bar Riaz, has ded­i­cated a Blue Her­itage Plaque to the fam­ily firm John Per­rins & Son to recog­nise their pres­ti­gious gun­mak­ing en­ter­prise.

John Per­rins was born in Kid­der­min­ster in 1796 and set up his busi­ness in Worces­ter in 1831. In 1855, his el­dest son, John, be­came a part­ner, and by 1859 the busi­ness was John Per­rins & Son, lo­cated at 6 Mealcheapen Street. It was at this ad­dress that some very fine ex­am­ples of pro­vin­cial sport­ing guns were built.

In 1862, John Per­rins died, fol­lowed only four years later by his son, John. It was John Per­rins’ son Henry who then took con­trol of the busi­ness and ad­vanced into the golden age of English gun­mak­ing. By 1879, the busi­ness had ex­panded into sub­stan­tial premises at 59 Broad Street, and Per­rins guns were be­ing used by the very best gen­tle­men in Worces­ter­shire. The Worces­ter­shire Reg­i­ment even com­mis­sioned guns to take over­seas for shoot­ing and hunt­ing.

Henry Per­rins re­tired in 1892 and sold the busi­ness to his son-in-law, Her­bert Pol­lard, un­der whose name the busi­ness con­tin­ued into the 1950s.

An 8-bore ri­fle made by John Per­rins & Son in Broad Street circa 1890 was sold at auc­tion in Rock Is­land Illi­nois in 2015 for $32,000.

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