S. Allcock & Co.
One of the worlds largest fishing tackle firms was S. Allcock & Co. based in Redditch. The company was originally founded in 1803 by Polycarp Samuels farther. Polycarp was originally an apprentice in the needle manufacturing business which made fish hooks as a side line. It was Samuel though who really expanded and created the business. Samuel born in 1829 was an entrepreneur and salesman and he expanded the stock to include reels rods and other fishing tackle accessories. By 1880 Allcocks could claim that they were The worlds oldest and largest manufacturer of fishing tackle. Allcocks continued to make tackle until the 1970s.