Titanic Anchor

Our History

  • 1812 - Staffordshire Public Chain & Anchor Testing Co.

    formed by the Association of Wrought Iron Chain Manufacturers to standardise the quality of production of chains and anchors.  Lloyds Register of Shipping  supplied a Superintendent who had the authority of Works Manager.

  • 1884 - Herbert Morris Limited was founded

    and was to become on of the leading companies in Europe engaged in the  manufacture of cranes, electric hoists and pulley blocks.

  • 1899 - Anchor & Chain Cable Act

    This Act compelled manufacturers to use an independent proving house for cable and anchors supplied to ships built to Lloyds classifications.  It also laid down a statutory price list to be varied only by application to the Board of Trade.

  • 1930 - Several proving houses opened

    to carry out requirements of 1899 Act, mostly by Lloyds British Testing Co., Cradley Heath, Tipton, Chester, Sunderland, Newcastle and Glasgow.

  • 1958 - Herbert Morris-Brown Lenox was formed

     which combined the Field Service requirements in the southern area of Herbert Morris with the chain and pulley block work of Brown Lenox Company

  • 1960 - Steel chain began to replace wrought iron chains

    and the 750 T machine was installed at Netherton in 1934.  During the war years there was a boom which continued into the early 1950's. Then competition from Japan, Germany and Sweden reduced the shipping tonnage ordered in the UK. Proving houses were closed, leaving eventually only Netherton and Newcastle.  Industrial testing and repair began to replace chain and cables and anchors, particularly at Newcastle as a major part of the work undertaken.  Steps began by shipbuilders to remove the 1899 Anchor and Chain Cable Act from the Statute Book.

  • 1970 - Industrial testing, repair and supply

     of lifting tackle developed at an accelerating rate Newcastle leading the way, where it has been increased to over 95% of total turnover.  Netherton was less adaptable and had more local competition in this field.  The Directors looked for diversification activities.  In 1965 the crane hire business was offered to them but rejected.  In 1967 they advertised and bought two small companies which required finance for expansion.  By 1969 these had failed and were sold, together with a new division which had been developed at the same time.  In November 1969, Close Brothers approached the Board for discussion of a merger with Hiracrane Ltd.  This was rejected.

    In 1970, Netherton was re-organised to cope with expansion in the industrial testing field.  The repeal of the 1989 Act became effective.

  • 1974 - The amalgamation

     of Herbert Morris-Brown Lenox, the Royton Chain Company of Manchester and Liverpool, together with the Crane Aid Division of Herbert Morris Limited, led to the formation of a new company, Crane Aid Services.

    The new company continued to expand and in 1977 joined forces with Lloyds British Testing Company Ltd.  The joining together of the two organisations to form Lloyds British encompassed 850 people working from 30 centres throughout the UK.

  • 1977 - Lloyds British became

     part of the Davy Corporation .

  • 1991 - Lloyds British and Morris Cranes

    were sold to Trafalgar House.

  • 1992 - The KONE Corporation of Finland

     acquired Lloyds British which then became part of KONE Cranes.

  • 1998 - Due to KONE focusing on crane maintenance service

     the Hire Division of Lloyds British Testing was put up for sale.


  • 1999 - During January a management buy-in

    led by now Chief Executive, Ian White, was announced. Completion of the buy-in was completed on 4th March and Lloyds Equipment Hire was born.  That same year discussions started up with KONE Cranes (now Lloyds KONE Cranes) in respect of purchasing our former parent company Lloyds British Testing Co Ltd.  This unusual deal was valued at more than £5 million.

  • 2000 - Acquisition of Lloyds British Testing Co Ltd

    by Lloyds Equipment Hire was completed and so was formed the new Lloyds British Group.

  • 2002 - Lloyds British Group was floated

    on the AIMS market and became a PLC.

  • 2007 - After a short spell on the AIMS market,

    Lloyds expanded into new markets with the acquisition of Somers Handling and was integrated into Lloyds British Testing and now known as Lloyds Somers.  Lloyds went on to acquire Rota Handling in Dudley. 


  • 2008 - Lloyds ventured to the overseas markets

    opening operations in Egypt and the U.A.E., North Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and India.

  • 2012 - Lloyds acquires Military Marine

     and become Lloyds British Defence

  • 2016 - Lloyds becomes part of Speedy

    In December 2016, Lloyds British becomes part of the Speedy Services family