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Henry Pontifex and Sons

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Cast iron maker's plaque on a timber insulated Hot Water Tank in the museum at the SA Breweries Visitors' Centre, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa.
Dec 1921.

Henry Pontifex and Sons, coppersmiths, engineers and manufacturers of apparatus, of Albion Works, York Rd, Kings Cross; late of Shoe Lane (1882)[1].

1796 Business established in Shoe Lane

1856 Joseph Jacklin Pontifex left the partnership; Henry Daniel Pontifex and Charles Pontifex, the continuing partners would carry on the business as Coppersmiths and Back and Vat Manufacturers, in Shoe lane, in the city of London.[2]

1862 The partnership of Henry Daniel Pontifex and Charles Pontifex, coppersmiths of Shoe Lane, was dissolved[3] [4]

1865 Dissolution of the Partnership between Henry Daniel Pontifex, Charles Pontifex the younger, and Frederick Pontifex, carrying on business at Nos. 55 and 56, Shoe-lane, in the city of London, Coppersmiths, under the firm of Henry Pontifex and Sons[5] [6]

1870 Patent concerning method of pressing hops,etc

1871 Patent to Charles Pontifex, Frederick Pontifex, and Anthony Sherwood, trading under the firm of Henry Pontifex and Sons, Coppersmiths and Engineers, of Albion Works, King's Cross, in the county of Middlesex, for an invention of "improvements in apparatus for washing casks and other vessels."[7]

1871 Dissolution of the partnership between Charles Pontifex, Frederick Pontifex, and Anthony Sherwood, of the Albion Works, King's Cross, Coppersmiths and Engineers, under the style or firm of Henry Pontifex and Sons, so far as regards the said Anthony Sherwood; Charles Pontifex and Frederick Pontifex are entitled to receive for their own use and benefit all debts, property, and effects whatsoever, and they have also undertaken to pay and satisfy all debts and obligations of the said firm.[8]

1881 Dissolution of the partnership between Frederick Pontifex and Charles Pontifex, carrying on the business of Coppersmiths, Founders, and Engineers, at the Albion Works, King's Cross, in the county of Middlesex, under the style or firm of Henry Pontifex and Sons[9]

1884 Bankruptcy of Charles Pontifex, of the Albion Works, 34, York-road, King's Cross, and of 4, Alwyne-road, Canonbury, both in the county of Middlesex, trading alone under the style of Henry Pontifex and Sons, formerly trading in copartnership with Frederick Pontifex, under the same style, at the Albion Works aforesaid, Engineer and Coppersmith.[10]

1890 A new company Henry Pontifex and Sons Ltd (brewers engineers) was incorporated as a public company[11]

1894 The similar businesses of Henry Pontifex and Sons and Farringdon Works Ltd. were amalgamated with the title of Farringdon Works and H. Pontifex and Sons.

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Sources of Information

  1. Post Office London Directory, 1882
  2. London Gazette 1 April 1856
  3. Daily News, March 19, 1862
  4. London Gazette 1862
  5. London Gazette 22 June 1869
  6. Liverpool Mercury, June 24, 1869
  7. London Gazette 3 May 1878
  8. London Gazette 9 May 1871
  9. London Gazette 30 August 1881
  10. London Gazette 19 September 1884
  11. Liverpool Mercury, June 2, 1890