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British Plate Glass Co

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July 1898.

Works at Ravenhead, St. Helens, Lancashire, and warehouse at Albion Place, Blackfriars Bridge, London (1801)[1]

Established 1773 at St Helens, as the British (Cast) Plate Glass Manufacturers[2]

c.1786 A rotative engine was ordered by the "Plate Glass Company" from Boulton and Watt to grind glass.

1794 The whole property of the Governors and Company of the British Plate Glass Manufacturers was advertised for sale by auction[3]

1801 Advertised sales outlets for plate glass in London and Ravenhead[4]

1819 The Governors and Company of the British Plate Glass Manufacture were incorporated by Act of Parliament for a further term[5]

1854 The Ravenhead Works were visited by a party from the British Association meeting[6]

1875 William John Blake left his shares in the company to his brother Henry Wollaston Blake[7].

1894 Shares traded[8].

1895 Took over the Ravenhead site of London and Manchester Plate Glass Co and restarted the works[9]

1901 Ravenhead site taken over by Pilkington

1904 The company was in liquidation[10]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Nov 16, 1801
  2. The Times, Sep 22, 1969
  3. The London Gazette 12 August 1794
  4. The Times, Nov 16, 1801
  5. The London Gazette 27 March 1819
  6. The Times, Sep 30, 1854
  7. The Times, Dec 03, 1875
  8. The Times, Jan 11, 1894
  9. Liverpool Mercury, October 7, 1895
  10. London Gazette 8 July 1904