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Oliver Pell Control

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September 1933. Varley. Nicore tuning coils.
December 1936. Varley.
August 1937. Varley.
August 1937. Varley.
December 1945
September 1947
August 1948. Varley.
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of Woolwich, London.

1897/8 Company founded. Charles Oliver started in business on his own account as an arc lamp manufacturer at Wilson Street, Finsbury, supplying lamps mainly to railway companies - presumably Engineering and Arc Lamps

1900 Oliver transferred the business to larger premises at Woolwich and was joined by Mr. W. M. D. Pell. This presumably became Oliver-Pell Electric and Manufacturing Co

Developed the magazine arc lamp using impregnated carbons which largely replaced co-axial arc lamps and revolutionized street lighting.

c.1910 Developed the Varley dry accumulator (perhaps based on the patent of Frederick Henry Varley?)

1920 Public company.

1922 Maker of electric distant control gear, electric water-heaters, meters, rotary snap switches carbon resistances, shunt coils, arc lamps, etc.

1922 Oliver Pell Control acquired Varley Magnet Co and Oliver Pell Electric and Manufacturing Co, both of which had W. M. D. Pell as chairman, and which were subsequently wound up[1]

Maker of Varley components (see adverts).

1961 Coil winders and electrical engineers, manufacturers of electro-magnetic apparatus and devices, motors, relays and sub-assemblies to customer design. Specialists in electro-magnetic windings. 900 employees. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette 1 December 1922
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE