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British Uralite Co

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50, Cannon Street, London.

of Higham, Kent

1899 November. Extension of patent. 'To continue and confirm the following Letters Patent, that is to say, Letters Patent bearing date the 12th day of March, 1895, and numbered 5254, and granted to Alexander Imschenetzky, therein described as of New Arsenal, 3, Simbirskaya-street, St. Petersburg, in the Russian Empire, Captain of Artillery, for the term of 14 years for an invention "for manufacture of fireproof and insulating compounds" known as "Uralite."'[1]

1899 December. The general manager H. B. Tarry writes that the British Uralite Co has obtained the rights to the material exhibited at the 1896 Russian Exhibition.[2]

1903 'A New Fire-Resisting Material.— An important and interesting test of Uralite, the new fire-resisting and non-conducting material for building and other work,took place yesterday afternoon at Stephenson's old engine works, South Street, Newcastle, in the presence a large number of visitors. Uralite is the invention of a Russian Colonel of artillery, and the manufacturing rights in this country have been secured by the British Uralite Company, who have erected extensive factory at near Rochester, Kent. is a substance composed of asbestos fibre cemented with glue, and is, it is claimed, the best fire-resisting agent known science. The.test conducted yesterday proved to the satisfaction of all who witnessed it, that Uralite is all that is claimed to be. A partition composed and wood, and a deed box made the same materials, and tilled with wax, books, papers, etc., were surrounded fierce fire, which was allowed burn for nearly an hour, the temperature attained being two thousand odd degrees fahr. After the names were extinguished, the partition was stripped, when it was found that the fire had not penetrated beyond the first layer of Uralite and wood underneath. An examination of the deed box revealed similar result.'[3]

1907 The British Uralite Co forced in to liquidation.[4]. Later reformed as the British Uralite Co (1908)

1928 Public company.

c1936 Became Cellactite and British Uralite

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette Publication date:24 November 1899 Issue:27138 Page:7422
  2. The Times, Wednesday, Dec 20, 1899
  3. Shields Daily Gazette - Tuesday 24 March 1903
  4. The Times, Tuesday, Feb 12, 1907