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of Croda House, Snaith, Goole, Yorkshire. Telephone: Snaith 77. Cables: "Croda, Goole". London Office: 29 Bedford Chambers, Covent Garden, WC2

1925 The company was founded by Mr G. W. Crowe, a retired shipowner, and his nephew, Mr A. P. Wood.

The firm was established for the extraction of wool-grease from seed-cake produced by the Bradford wool-scouring mills. Soon after lanolin was produced from this source, Croda Ltd. was supplying it to no less than fifty-one countries throughout the world.

1947 British Industries Fair Advert as Specialists in Wool Grease and Wool Grease Derivatives. Manufacturers of Lanolin, Wool Grease, Wool Wax Alcohols, Semi Refined Cholesterol, Pure Cholesterol, Fatty Acids, Absorption Bases, Self Emulsifying Waxes. Lanolin Alternatives, Penicillin Base. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1250) (Chemicals etc Section) [1]

Mr Wood was managing director until his early death in 1949.

By the early 1960s Croda was producing emulsifiers, lanolin, lanolin alcohols, plasticisers, and anti-rust and protective preparations a vast range of paints, finishes and oils for all purposes, and for hydraulic and de-icing fluids.

Acquired by Manders

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Sources of Information

  1. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 261; and p73
  • [1] Goole on the Web
  • [2] Coal and Wood Tar Distillers