makers / Lamb of Manchester

Lamb of Manchester


James Lamb (1816-1903) joined the family business and under his guidance it became the pre eminent Manchester cabinet making company, with workshops in nearby Castleford, and the showroom in John Dalton Street.

Leading edge designers such as Bruce Talbert and Charles Bevan were employed, leading to their exhibiting at the London 1862 Great Exhibition, and the Paris Expositions Universelles of 1867 and 1878, winning medals on each occasion. His obituary in the ‘Journal of Decorative Arts & British Decoration’ records that ‘his name stood for fifty years as a landmark … of industrial art’.