our history

  • 2016
  • 1880: Beginnings

    Monument traces its history back to 1880 when George Collier started trading as a tool merchant in Cornwall Road, Brixton, London.
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  • 1905: Brothers in business

    Arthur Collier takes on the Brixton business after George’s death. His brother Alfred sets up ‘A Collier & Co’ in King William Street, close to the ‘Monument’ to the Great Fire of London, selling lead dressers, plumbing and roofing tools.
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  • 1908: First Branding

    Monument is first listed as a registered trade mark along with the ‘brand device’ – a representation of the ‘Monument’. Export plays an important role and branded moulding planes have been found in South Africa. Arthur Snr moves the business to Electric Avenue, Brixton.
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  • 1914-18: WW1 War Effort

    When war breaks out, Arthur Collier Snr. starts making tools for the War Office, including wing compasses and engineers’ tools.
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  • 1924-30: Shetack

    In 1924, Arthur Collier Snr. buys the patent to the Shetack Saw from the inventor. Then in 1930 he designs the Shetack Basin Wrench.
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  • 1931: New chapter

    Arthur Collier Snr buys ‘A Collier & Co’ and with son A Collier Jnr, sells tools from Brixton Road. ‘The Shetack Tool Works Ltd’, selling only high quality products, is incorporated, and both brands Exhibit at The Building Exhibition National Hall Olympia.
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  • 2014
  • 1939-45: WW2 Production Line

    Small parts made for the Ministry of Supply for the war effort including thousands of sets of instrument screwdrivers and rifle sights.
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  • 1955-60: Invention

    First copper pipe cutters designed and produced in-house. The Monument professional adjustable basin wrench is invented and patented. John, son of Arthur Collier Jnr, joins the business.
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  • 1976: Brand recognition

    Company changes name to ‘Monument Tools Ltd’ to enable better brand recognition.
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  • 1982 – 84: Awards and patents

    Launch of the Size 0 Pipe Cutter, for cutting 4-22mm copper pipe. It wins award at the 1982 Spring Hardware Show. Design and patent of the Monument DIY Tap Reseater. Plastic injection moulding started in house.
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  • 1996: 5th Generation

    The business moves to Hackbridge. Jonathan Collier becomes the 5th generation to join the company.
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  • 2004 – 2011: New future

    New CNC machinery allows the In-house design and manufacture of the Stiffnuts range of products.
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  • 2015: Grip+

    Launch of the Monument Grip+, the innovative advancement to the best selling Adjustable Basin Wrench.
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