Former postman William Wilson was a prolific inventor and engineer who with help from his industrious wife, started his own business making postal carts and perambulators at Silver Cross Street, Hunslet, Leeds. In 1877 William finished his first 'perambulator' which was groundbreaking for its day: it had the very first reversible folding hood and a unique suspension system.
In 1877, Silver Cross began designing transport for babies. William combined his ideas for an innovative spring suspension system with a reversible hood, and invented the modern pram. It was very revolutionary, and was duly patented followed by over 30 more design patents filed in his prolific lifetime.
Royal approval in the 1900s ensured a special place for Silver Cross in the heart. In 1897 William opened a purpose built factory in White House Street - which immediately burnt down. Undeterred, William decided to build a much bigger one and called it the 'Silver Cross Works'.
By the time of his death in 1913 William had registered over 30 patents relating to pram design. He passed the ownership of our company on to his 3 sons; James, Irwin and Alfred.
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