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J. Stone and Co, marine, railway and general engineers, of Deptford, London, SE14 and Ocean House, Cockspur Street, London, SW1. Telephone: New Cross 1202. Telegraphic Address: "Tostones, Nucros, London".

See Josiah Stone

1842 J. Stone and Co was founded by Josiah Stone, George Preston, and John Prestige.[1].

1867 Partnership change. '... the Partnership heretofore subsisting between Josiah Stone, George Preston, and John Prestige, all of High-street, Deptford, in the county of Kent, Millwrights, Engineers, Brass and Iron Founders, Coppersmiths, Braziers, and Workers in Metals, has (so far as relates to the said Josiah Stone) been this day dissolved by mutual consent...'[2]

1869 Patent. '3783. And George Preston and John Prestige, of the firm of J. Stone and Company, of Deptford, in the county of Kent, Engineers, have given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in engine lubricators."'[3]

1884 Partnership change. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Frederick Philip Preston, John Theodore Prestige the elder, and Edwin James Preston, as Millwrights, Engineers, Brass and Iron Founders, Coppersmiths, Braziers, and Workers in Metals, at Deptford, in the county of Kent, under the style or firm of Josiah Stone and Co., has been dissolved, by mutual consent, as from the 31st day of December, 1883; and that the business will henceforth be carried on at the same place, under the same style, by the said Frederick Philip Preston, and Edwin James Preston, and John Theodore Prestige the younger, Sydney Prestige, and Reuben Thomas Preston...'[4]

1892 See a description of their works at The Engineer 1892/02/26.

1898 Supplied the electric lighting for the coaches of the Barry Railway[5]

1903 Introduced the Stone-Lloyd automatic bulkhead doors for ships

1904 The company was registered on 7 May as a private company, J Stone and Company Ltd, to acquire the business of J. Stone and Co, brass, copper and iron workers, and mechanical and general engineers, of Deptford[6][7].

1905 The family offered shares in the company to the public[8]. The company had many thousands of customers including many navies, shipping companies, the principal British railway companies, shipbuilding companies, and locomotive and railway carriage builders. They were the sole manufacturers for the UK and Colonies of the Stone-Lloyd system of hydraulically operated watertight doors for ships.

1912 Took control of Hart Accumulator Co Ltd[9].

1922 Directors: Sir Frederick Preston, K.B.E. (Chairman), Walter R. Preston, M.P., Sir John Prestige, S. E. Prestige, Henry W. Lee (General Manager) and J. Herbert Peters.

1926 M. C. L. and Repetition Ltd was set up by J. Stone and Co, Hart Accumulator Co and D. P. Battery Co to manufacture "repetition" parts (principally nuts and bolts) but also made magnetos on a small scale[10].

1927 Agreement with S.A.F.T. regarding alkaline batteries[11].

1928 National Accumulator Co was formed to hold all the shares in D. P. Battery Co and a major interest in Hart Accumulator Co; the company was owned by J. Stone and Co and other competitors.

1929 Patent - Improvements in the electrolytic deposition of metal on metal tubes. [12]

1929 Chloride Electrical Storage Co acquired National Accumulator Co[13]. Agreement with Chloride Electrical Storage Co relating to batteries for train lighting which prohibited Stones from making lead-acid and alkaline batteries and assigned to Chloride the agreement with S.A.F.T. regarding alkaline batteries; Chloride was to supply these to Stones.

1934 The Thames was home to specialists in propellors - J. Stone and Co at Deptford and Charlton made 4 of the largest propellors ever made for vessel #534 being constructed on the Clyde; Manganese Bronze and Brass Co made the other four[14].

1936 Demonstration of air conditioning for railway coaches by J. Stone and Co Ltd[15].

1937 Patent - Improvements in and connected with copper alloys or bronzes. [16]

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Comprehensive range of P.I.V. Positive, Infinitely Variable Speed Gears, ratios 6-1 up to 15 hp. H-R Reduction Gears, ratios 8-1, up to 100,000-1. Combined applications of P.I.V. and H-R Gears. (Stand No. D.310) [17]

1937 Founders in non-ferrous alloys, engineers. "Ceralumium" High Tensile Aluminium Alloys. "Superston L189" Aluminium Bronze. [18]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1946 Formed Stone-Fry Magnesium Ltd with Fry's Diecastings Ltd for the manufacture of pressure die-castings in magnesium[19].

1950 Reconstruction of J. Stone and Co to be a holding company; formation of 2 subsidiaries to handle business: J. Stone and Co (Charlton) Ltd (railway air conditioning) and J. Stone and Co (Deptford) Ltd (marine propellors); the existing subsidiaries Stone-Wallwork Ltd and Stone Platt Engineering Co Ltd, which had complementary activities, would be merged into one, namely Stone-Wallwork, which would handle the mechanical engineering products; Stone-Platt would be liquidated. The existing 50 percent holdings in Light Metal Forgings Ltd (in partnership with Hughes-Johnson Stampings) and Stone-Fry Magnesium Ltd (in partnership with Fry's Diecastings) would be maintained[20].

1951 Private company (presumably this relates to a subsidiary rather than the main company which continued as a public company).

1956 Chance Brothers' engineering division was acquired by J. Stone and Co (Holdings) Ltd [21]. See Stone-Chance

1957 Bull's Metal and Marine, makers of propellors and ship windows, was a subsidiary of J. Stone and Co (Holdings) Ltd [22].

1958 Bull's Metal and Marine, makers of propellors and ship windows, was a subsidiary of J. Stone and Co (Holdings) Ltd [23].

1958 Scheme of arrangement to effect a merger between Platt Brothers and Co (Holdings) and J. Stone and Co (Holdings); Stones became a wholly owned subsidiary of Platts; the company name was changed to Stone-Platt Industries [24].

1961 Railway, electrical and general engineers specialising in the manufacture of train lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration, speed indicators, automatic voltage regulators, semi-conductor power rectifiers, hydraulic power transmissions, pantographs, package type steam generators and non-ferrous nails and rivets. [25]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 26 June 1905
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:22 March 1867 Issue:23232 Page:1874
  3. The London Gazette Publication date:20 April 1869 Issue:23490 Page:2378
  4. The London Gazette Publication date:31 October 1884 Issue:25410 Page:4724
  5. The Engineer 1898/12/23
  6. The Times, 26 June 1905
  7. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  8. The Times, 26 June 1905
  9. Competition Commission report: [1]
  10. Competition Commission report [2]
  11. Competition Commission report: [3]
  12. [4] Wikipatents
  13. Competition Commission report: [5]
  14. The Times, 25 September 1934
  15. The Times, 18 November 1936
  16. [6] Wikipatents
  17. 1937 British Industries Fair Page 420
  18. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  19. The Times, 26 August 1946
  20. The Times, 19 July 1950
  21. The Times, 3 July 1957
  22. The Times, 3 July 1957
  23. The Times, Thursday, Jul 03, 1958
  24. The Times, 18 October 1958
  25. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE