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W. H. Wakefield and Co

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of Gatebeck Gunpowder Mills, near Kendal, Cumbria; also at Lowwood Mills, near Ulverston.

1764 Company established.

1914 Explosives manufacturers. [1]

1918 Incorporated into Explosives Trades Ltd as part of the merger of 29 makers of explosives[2]

1932 Formation of ICI (Explosives) which would include 11 companies controlled by ICI including W. H. Wakefield and Co[3].

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Times, Dec 02, 1918
  3. The Times, 7 April 1932