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Bell's Asbestos Co

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January 1888.
June 1888. Asbestoline.
1884. From Kelly’s Directory of Worcestershire
December 1889.
December 1889.
December 1889.

Bell's Asbestos Co, of 118 Southwark Street, London and Cable Street, Blackfriars, Manchester

c.1877-9 Discovery of crysotile asbestos in Canada

c.1880 after the formation of the United Asbestos Co, John Bell acquired samples; he then sought advice from a Lancashire cotton spinner and weaver, Samuel Turner, who entered an agreement to supply woven asbestos to John Bell. When that agreement came to an end, Turner Brothers Asbestos Co entered the market as competitors[1].

1888 Bell's Asbestos Co was incorporated as a Limited Company to carry on the business of asbestos mine owners and manufacturers of John Bell and Son.

1888 The company was registered on 4 May, to take over the business of John Bell and Son, manufacturers of asbestos in all the forms used in steam engines and electric machines, together with freehold deposits of asbestos in the province of Quebec, Canada.

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Samples of asbestos raw, carded and spun. [2]

1906 The deposits of asbestos owned in Quebec, Canada, were sold. [3]

1909 Merger between Bell's Asbestos Co and United Asbestos Co to form Bell’s United Asbestos Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. Friday, 7 December 1928
  2. The Engineer of 1st June 1894 p469
  3. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908