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Tilley Brothers

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of 53 Kingsland Road, E.2., Gas Apparatus Manufacturers.

1818 W. H. Tilley began making gas lamps in Stoke Newington, and in Shoreditch in the 1830s.

William Henry Tilley (1834-1896) developed a successful gas fitting and plumbing business.

1864 Advertisement. 'W. H. Tilley. Gas Fitter and Street Lamp Contractor. 161 Kingsland Road, late of 4 Edward Street, Kingsland Road.'[1]

1869 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, William Henry Tilley and Thomas Henry Tilley, of No. 58. Kingsland-road, in the county of Middlesex, carrying on business as Gas Fitters, under the style of William Henry Tilley, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent...'[2]

c.1895 After William's death, the business of W. H. Tilley was taken over by his sons Frederick Charles Tilley and William Henry Tilley

By 1909 the business had become Tilley Brothers[3]

1909 The Tilley High-Pressure Gas Syndicate Ltd. was incorporated as manufacturers of high pressure gas lighting equipment; it was operated by Frederick Charles Tilley, William Henry Tilley and others [4] but whether and when it incorporated Tilley Brothers is not known.

1915 The company had employed between 20 and 250 men since 1895.[5]

By 1924 both companies seem to have been subsumed in the Tilley Lamp Co


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Sources of Information

  1. Shoreditch Observer - Saturday 24 September 1864
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:9 July 1869 Issue:23515 Page:3897
  3. Patent to Frederick Tilley concerning atmospheric gas burners
  4. The Times, Dec 16, 1949
  5. Mech Eng. record for Frederick Tilley