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Fletcher, Russell and Co

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1903. Gas Water Heater.
March 1903.
October 1909.
Elgin Grill.
Elgin Grill.
Elgin Grill (detail).
December 1910.
Fletcher Russell Gas Fire.
Exhibit at the Museum of Bath at Work‎. (Detail).
January 1920.
January 1920. Blast Oven Furnaces.
1938. "Gauntlet Grate".

Fletcher, Russell and Co Ltd. of Palatine Works, Warrington, Lancashire; and 4 Berners Street, London, W1. Telephone: Warrington 1170. Telegraphic Address: "Gaseries, Warrington". (1937)

Thomas Fletcher (1840-1903) began work as a dentist in Warrington.

1865 He was listed in Cairo Street.

1871 He was listed at 15 Bold Street.

By 1876 he had moved to 4-6 Museum Street, and was manufacturing dental apparatus.

By the early 1880s he had added a gas appliance manufactory in Thynne Street.

1881 The census records show him employing 10 men, 2 boys and a girl.

1892 The company was registered on 16 February, to acquire the business of gas engineers and iron founders of the firms of T. Fletcher and Co and W. and A. C. Russell and Co. [1]

1895 The company had become Fletcher, Russell and Co Gas Engineers, his firm having merged with Alexander and William Russell of Pendleton Iron Works.

The 1901 directory gives their address as Palatine Works, Wilderspool Causeway, Warrington, manufacturing all types of gas equipment including fires, cookers and water heaters as well as laboratory equipment.

1914 Manufacturers of gas apparatus, kitchen ranges, registers, theatre chairs etc. Specialities: gas cookers, fires, furnaces and geysers, oil and air gas cookers, fires, furnaces and geysers, greenhouse boilers, dental goods, gas governors, blow pipes, kitchen ranges, mantles, restaurant tables, garden chairs, theatre chairs, curb fenders. Employees 900. [2]

1917 Advert for blast muffle furnaces. [3]

1919 Advert for blast muffle furnaces. [4]

1925 Subsidiary of Radiation Ltd[5].

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Gas Apparatus for domestic use, including Kingsway New World Regulo-controlled Cooker (Radiation Patents), High Beam (Trade Mark) Gas Fires, also Cooking Plant for Hotels and large Institutions. (Stand Nos. Ca.603 and Ca.502) [6]

1967 Radiation Ltd was acquired by Tube Investments and subsequently various parts of the combined group have undergone further changes and mergers up to the present day.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p162
  4. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p198
  5. The Times, 19 March 1925
  6. 1937 British Industries Fair p64
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