Began in 1891 at 51 Paternoster Row, don't know if lasted beyond the untimely death of W.G.W. in 1914. Moved to 17 Paternoster Row in 1896 after buying business of J.E. Hawkins & Co.
See comments, and also Walter Gidley Wheeler
Does anyone know anything about this publisher, or the man behind it? Some of their items are inscribed with "Successors to J.E.Hawkins & Co." .. Operated out of 17 Paternoster Row. Began circa 1895 maybe.
Something of the origin of the business can be found from this extract from Footsteps of Truth 1891. I think the reference to 21 P.R. maybe a mistake as in an 1895 directory he was listed at 51 & 52 P.R. I guess some time after this he moved to 17 P.R. and took over James Hawkins business.
This note in F.O.T. 1896 gives the point when he took over J.E.H.
From: THE LONDON GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 4, 1898.
NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Walter Gidley Wheeler and William Plummer, carrying on business as Publishers and Booksellers, at No. 17, Paternoster-row, in the city of London, under the style or firm of Walter G. Wheeler and Co., Successors to J. E. Hawkins and Co., has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the 1st day of October, 1898. All debts due and owing to or by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said William Plummer, by whom the business will in the future be carried on.—Dated this 29th day of October, 1898. WALTER G. WHEELER. WM. PLUMMER.
From: "THE WORLD'S PAPER TRADE REVIEW" of May 26, 1916.
The Edinburgh publishing house of Oliphant, which was established in 1806, has just incorporated with the house of Walter G. Wheeler and Co., which had its beginning in 1854.