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Fowler-Waring Cables Co

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December 1889.

Fowler-Waring Cables Company, makers of telephone, light and power cables, of 85 Queen Street, Cheapside, London, EC, and Woolwich.

1887 John Fowler and Co started manufacturing lead-covered electric cables under the patents of Eddison and Tatham[1].

1889 John Fowler and Co (Leeds) Ltd formed the Fowler-Waring Cables Co[2] [3] to acquire the electric cables businesses of Mr Richard Waring at 85 Queen St., London, and John Fowler of Leeds and acquire patents of R. S. Waring of Pittsburgh, R. W. Eddison of the Steam Plough Works, Leeds, and James Tatham of Philadelphia for the manufacture and insulation of electric cables, with particular application underground, as this was seen to be necessary for city-centre use[4]

1889 Arranged to lease property at North Woolwich which had previously been used by the late Mr Henley who was famous for his work on cables[5].

1896 Taken to court by British Insulated Wire Co Ltd[6],

1897 Frank Twyman got a job testing telephone cables with company but found night-shift work uncongenial so left in February 1898 to become scientific assistant to Otto Hilger[7]

After that there is little mention of the company.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Morning Post, Wednesday, August 14, 1889
  2. The Leeds Mercury, Wednesday, August 14, 1889
  3. The Times, Wednesday, Aug 14, 1889
  4. The Morning Post, Wednesday, August 14, 1889
  5. The Leeds Mercury, 7 December 1889
  6. The Standard 27 July 1896
  7. Biography of Frank Twyman, ODNB