Ascot Gas Water Heaters
Ascot Gas Water Heaters Ltd. of Ascot House, 244 High Holborn, London, WC1; of 43 Park Street, London, W.I. Telephone: Holborn 7107. Telegraphic Address: "Gascot, Holb., London"
The firm was founded in London by Dr Bernard Friedman (who had earlier been importing water heaters and cookers into Russia). It was an agency for selling water heaters made by Junkers of Germany. To begin with the heaters were labelled thus.
By 1928 Cookers and Geysers Ltd was selling Ascot water heaters (see advert)
1933 Friedman changed the name of his company to Ascot Gas Water Heaters.
1935 Bernhards Fridmanis (known as Bernard Friedman) of Latvia, Managing Director of a Limited Company; of 54, Woodstock Road, Golders Green, N.W. 11., was naturalised as a British subject
Friedman's son Leopold joined the company
1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Instantaneous Gas Water heaters for domestic purposes. Single-Point Bath and Sink Heaters. Multi-Point Heaters serving bath, basin and sink. Automatic in operation. Instantaneous Boiling Water Heaters, and other new developments. (Stand Nos. Ca.505 and Ca.404) 
WWII Made hydraulic equipment for aircraft gun turrets
1940 Patent - Improvements in and relating to automatic controlling devices for gas-heated liquid heaters. 
1941 Patent - Improvements in and relating to heat exchangers for water heaters. 
1941 Bernard Friedman died in Weedon, Bucks
1961 Plumbers and hot water engineers, specialising in the "Ascot Heater". 
Sources of Information
- Dictionary of trade name origins By Adrian Room