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Longthorne Gunmakers

Our Story


James Longthorne Stewart and family hail originally from Lancashire, England, and have operated precision engineering companies for the past three decades (including ten years in Australia). James is a lifelong engineer and toolmaker and first became involved in engineering gun parts while in Australia. Returning to the UK, a casual conversation with a friend planted the seed of the idea to design and produce an innovative English shotgun of uncompromising quality.

In his small and somewhat understated workshop to the rear of the family home hidden away in the small Lancastrian village of Hesketh Bank, James installed several million pounds worth of high tech equipment, to begin his gun making journey. Several years of development led to the unveiling of the first Longthorne model in 2010 at the CLA Game Fair at Ragley Hall.

The impetus to create and to pursue perfection runs in the family. Daughter Chloe’s natural artistic talent led to her joining the Company part-time in 2008, while still at University. Chloe developed the marque’s distinctive engraving designs, initially with mentoring from one of the UK’s most respected engravers. Chloe’s work flourished, and she is now an integral part of the Company, responsible for all the engraving, which can include anything from a bespoke design to personalisation of an existing style.

Completing the family involvement in the business, James’s wife Elaine, who has a background in marketing and technical sales, is Marketing Director, overseeing Longthorne’s brand and advertising.

The Company launched the Longthorne Deluxe model in 2011, which incorporates a deep acanthus style scroll engraving.

Also In 2011, Longthorne was commissioned by the Duchess of Rutland to make four guns celebrating the heritage of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. Taking inspiration from the castle and what it represents, the Rutland guns incorporate the Manners family crest, ducal coronet and the peacock which symbolises Belvoir Castle itself, combined with florets and scrollwork found
within Belvoir. Longthorne was subsequently mentioned in the Duchess’s book Shooting, A Season of Discovery (2012). Later that year Elaine Stewart accompanied the Duchess on her book launch tour of New York and Dallas.

During 2012 Longthorne’s owners resigned themselves to the fact that their existing premises were restricting growth and limiting their profile. The search for a new factory took quite some time. Still, the right premises were finally discovered in the middle of Northampton, in the heart of England: and in October 2015 the colossal relocation commenced.

In 2015 the Company was granted a UK patent relating to their innovative barrel technology, and subsequently, the United States Patent & Trade Mark Office granted a corresponding US patent in 2016. Several more patents are pending in Europe and Asia.

The new factory is truly state of the art, and the move has enabled recruitment and training of skilled craftspeople to grow the team. It is here that James, Elaine, Chloe and the growing team now manufacture the Longthorne shotguns: creating a brand that has become synonymous with quality, advanced technology, craftsmanship and luxury.

April 2019  The 'Round Action' launched.

April 2020 The first demonstration model boxlock was completed.

And so, the story continues.......

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Directions



By Car: We are about 10 minutes from junction 16 M1 in the centre of Northampton.

By Train: The closest station is about 5 minutes away (Northampton) and we can pick you up from the station by prior arrangement.

By Air:  The Closest airports are Luton (41 mls) Birmingham International (46 mls) Heathrow (70 mls) Stanstead (89 mls) Gatwick (105 mls)

Contact



Longthorne House, 1 Millbrook Close
Northampton NN5 5JF

+44 (0) 1772 811215

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