Our History

Smee & Ford through the decades

Starting with a pair of Victorian gentlemen, moving through wartime Britain, several different locations and a whole host of technological change – Smee & Ford has a fascinating history dating back to the 1800s. With the help of several contributors, this timeline explores how Smee & Ford has evolved through the decades in our mission to support charities to understand and grow their legacy income. Even Lassie gets a mention…!


We would like to thank Andrew Ford for kindly contributing note excerpts from his late father, David Ford (1938-2021), who was the grandson of co-founder Albert Ford and director of Smee & Ford until he retired in 2001. All quotes provided are from these notes unless otherwise stated.

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