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W. Parkinson and Co

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ca.1879. Station Meter built for Bromley Gasworks by W. Parkinson and Co. Four of these were installed.
Nov 1919.
Dec 1921.
Dec 1921.

of Cottage Lane, City Road, London, EC1. Telephone: Clerkenwell 4270. Telegraphic Address: "Index, Sowest, London", and of Birmingham.

of Bell Barn Road, Birmingham.

1816 Company founded to make the first gas meters at Cottage Lane Works, London.

c1849 William Parkinson took up the establishment of Samuel Crosley in City Road.

1862 William C. Parkinson established his manufactory in the City of London - W. C. Parkinson

1862 Most of the station gas meters used by the London gas companies were made by Mr Parkinson or by Mr Crosley[1]

1900 On 16th November Parkinson and W. and B. Cowan was incorporated as a public company[2], manufacturers of gas meters and other gas apparatus, being the amalgamation of 2 of the oldest firms in this business: W. and B. Cowan Ltd of London, Manchester, Edinburgh and New South Wales, and W. Parkinson Ltd of London and Birmingham[3].

The Birmingham premises were used for making gas stoves, under Bernard Robert Parkinson

1918 Exhibitor at the Scientific Products Exhibition

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. All types of Gas Apparatus for Measuring, Recording and Testing Equipment, including consumers' and industrial meters, governors, gauges, etc., and Street Lighting Equipment, Suspension Lamps, Lanterns, Controllers, Reflectors, Floodlighting Equipment. (Stand Nos. Ca.703 and Ca.602) [4]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1862/04/04
  2. The Times, 5 May 1959
  3. The Times, 3 March 1925
  4. 1937 British Industries Fair p399