Hardcastle was founded in 1908 by Edmund Hardcastle and built itself a good reputation among the numerous British mid-grade makers. In 1935, Dunhill started to build a factory next door to Hardcastle in London. The family that owned Hardcastle Pipes Limited sold 49% of its equity to Dunhill in 1936, with Dunhill buying the remaining shares shortly after. As members of the Hardcastle family continued as executives in the company’s management, Hardcastle retained a certain independence until 1967, when Dunhill merged Hardcastle with Parker. Hardcastle pipes are still produced under the Dunhill roof, giving them a great quality while still being affordable.