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Frederick Allen and Sons (Poplar)

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of Phoenix Chemical Works, Upper North Street, Poplar, London, E14. (1922)

Telephone: East 5047-8. Cables: "Nitric, Poplondon". (1929)

1826 Phoenix Chemical Works was established as a chemical manufacturer by John Cook.

1840s Frederick John Alien set himself up as a chemical manufacturer at Bow Common

1863 Acquired the neighbouring Phoenix Chemical Works

1918 Frederick Allen and Sons became a limited company.

1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Pure Research Acids, Hydrochloric, Nitric, Sulphuric; Inorganic Salts; Calcined Calcium Chloride; Alum, etc. Lead Chromes, Ivy Glues. (Stand No. A.45) [1]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Pure and Research Chemicals, Lead Chromes, Lead Acetate, Sal Acetos, Oxalates, Fertilizers, Insecticides, Epsom Salts, Calcium Chloride Exsicc., Burnt Alum, Liquor Antimony Chloride, Liquor Ferri Perchloride, Carbonates, Sulphates, Nitrates, Chlorides. (Stand No. K.75) [2]

1952 The company was sold by the Allen family to E. E. Unwin, who had been associated with the firm since 1937.

1979 Purchased by Hays Wharf, becoming part of Hays Chemicals Ltd.

1985 The works were closed.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Archives of the British chemical industry, 1750-1914: a handlist. By Peter J. T. Morris and Colin A. Russell. Edited by John Graham Smith. 1988.