Historical Timeline

We’ve got three centuries of history to be proud of, beginning in 1849 at Bank Street Ironmongery in Braintree. Without moving far from our original roots, we’ve become a global business with a reputation for the best in quality steel windows. Take a look along our timeline at the way in which we’ve grown and become the successful business that we are today.

1800s

1849

Francis Berrington Crittall arrives in Braintree and buys Bank Street ironmongery.

1860

Francis Henry Crittall born.

1878

Death of F.B. Crittall

1883

F. H. Crittall takes over the business from his brother.

1884

Valentine George Crittall born. First metal windows manufactured by F. H. Crittall – Public Record Office, Houses of Parliament.

1889

Crittall Manufacturing Co. Ltd incorporated.

1893

Manor Street Works built.

1900-1929

1905

Fenestra joint introduced by Crittall.

1907

Crittall operate Detroit Steel Product Co. – first steel window factory in the US.

1912

Crittall Universal Range of sections introduced.

1913

John Francis Crittall born.

1914-18

First World War: munitions production by Crittall.

1918

Manufacturing agreement with Braat, Belgium.

1919

Witham Works started. First standard metal windows produced for Government Housing Scheme.

1921

Subsidiary formed CMC South Africa with Associated Engineers Ltd.

1923

Crittall Manufacturing Co. (India) Ltd Incorporated.

1924

Partnership entered in Melbourne, Australia.

1926

CMC (NZ) Ltd Incorporated. Silver End Village and Works started.

1927

Fenestra Crittall CG Joint Stock Co. formed, Dusseldorf, Germany

1928

Purchase of Standard Steel Window Co. of Washington DC. USA.

1930-1969

1931

Crittall Manufacturing Co of China formed in partnership with the Shanghai Co.

1935

Death of F. H. Crittall.

1939

First galvanising plant started at Witham.

1939-45

Second World War: munitions produced by Crittall.

1949

Sir Valentine Crittall created Lord Braintree.

1950s

Crittall manufacture aluminium windows and curtain walling.

1958

Crittall Hope Nigeria Limited formed.

1961

Death of Lord Braintree.

1964

Crittall Corporate W20 Range of sections introduced. Crittall developed science of pressure chamber weather performance testing – literature – led to Standards used today in UK.

1965

Merger with Henry Hope and Sons Ltd: Crittall-Hope created.

1968

Takeover of Crittall-Hope by Slater Walker Securities.

1970-1999

1974

Crittall-Hope acquired by Norcros Ltd. Crittall Windows Limited Braintree and Witham created.

1974

Retirement of J. F. Crittall ends family participation in Crittalls.

1977

Crittall first polyester powder coating on galvanised steel windows.

1978

50 millionth steel window produced.

1980

Death of J. F. Crittall.

1990

Crittall moved to new offices/factory in Braintree.

1993

Crittall Corporate 2000 Range of steel sections introduced.

1995

Apax Venture Capital acquire Crittall Windows Ltd.

1997

Marmon Corporation of Chicago acquire Crittall Windows Ltd. Crittall Berkeley Range of steel sections introduced for Yale University USA.

2000s

2002

Laurel Holdings acquire Crittall Windows Ltd.

2004

Management buyout of Crittall Windows Ltd.

2007

Crittall move to new offices/factory in Witham.

2010

Crittall receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise (International Trade)