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James Lyne Hancock (Company)

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January 1866.
April 1870.
January 1880.
June 1880.

Manufacturers of Vulcanized India Rubber goods, of 266 Goswell Road, London, EC

1821 Company established in Goswell Road by Thomas Hancock.

1842/5 Company re-established when Thomas Hancock's part of the business was split from Charles Macintosh and Co and sold to his nephew, James Lyne Hancock, whilst Thomas remained a director of Charles Macintosh and Co[1]

1849 February. Advert for patent flexible india-rubber [2]

1870s JLH made his first round rubber-tyre for the Ariel bicycle of Haynes and Jefferis; this used soft spongy rubber on the underside and toughened rubber on the tread, an idea which has been copied in the tyre trade ever since, even with pneumatic tyres [3]

1912 Prospectus issued to raise £120,000. Owned by the grandson of Thomas Hancock, John Hancock Nunn, who has managed (and owned) the business for 30 years. Directors were John Hancock Nunn, Charles Inigo Thomas and John Alexander Melville Stephens. [4]

The factory continued in production until 1939, having been taken over by the British Tyre and Rubber Co Ltd[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Wednesday, Jul 24, 1912
  2. The Bristol Mercury, Saturday, February 10, 1849
  3. Bartleet's Bicycle Book
  4. The Times, Wednesday, Jul 24, 1912
  5. Biography of Thomas Hancock, ODNB