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of 10 East Street, Leicester
1868 Supplied granite used for testing drills at the Royal Agricultural Show
1869 Developed a new method of transporting stone from its quarry, which used an overhead wire carried on poles (presumably like a telpher)
1890 The company was registered on 20 June, to acquire a business of coal and coke merchants. 
1963 Public company: successful sale of shares on the Birmingham exchange Coal, agricultural and builders merchants.
By 1981 had become an industrial chemicals distributor; acquired a fine chemicals operation which became a division of the company
Acquired Apperson Chemicals of USA. Also owned Prillaman, which focussed on solvents and petrochemicals.
1987 Acquired Cargo Fleet Chemicals, distributor of de-icers and anti-freeze.
By 1993 had moved to Bradford
2000 Acquired by Dutch logistics and distribution group Vopak in a deal valuing the company at £310 million.