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William Gowlland (1916)

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of Morland Road, Croydon, Surrey (and Paris). (1922).

Ditto Address. Telephone: Addiscombe 1463-64 (two lines). Cables: "Gowlland, London" (1929)

1897 William Gowlland (then aged 27), Egbert Gowlland (25) and Charles Septimus Gowlland (19) started in business together.

1908 This business was transferred to William Gowlland Limited and the company initiated the export business which subsequently represented the major part of the activity.

1916/17 There was a company reorganisation and William Gowlland Limited was liquidated. The business was transferred to William Gowlland (1916) Limited on 28th March 1917.

1922 Listed Exhibitor. Ophthalmic Lenses - Qualities: Standard, Imperial, Crown. Ophthalmoscopes**, Retinoscopes**, Brackets, Trial Frames, Laryngoscopic*** Lamps, Keratometers**, Orthoscopes**, Perimeters**, Tables; Laryngoscopic, Dental, Aural, Instruments. (Stand No. G.28) [1]

1929 Advert in British Industries Fair Catalogue as an Optical, Scientific and Photographic Exhibit. Manufacturers of Ophthalmic Uncut Lenses; Ophthalmoscopes; Retinoscopes; Brackets; Trial Frames; Laryngoscopic Lamps; Keratometers; Orthoscopes; Perimeters; Tables; Laryngoscopic, Dental, Aural Instruments; Trial Cases and Accessories; Test Cabinets, with Sterilisers; May-Mortons and combined sets. (Scientific Section - Stand No. O.8) [2]

1931 William Gowlland (1916) was liquidated and its assets were taken over by Gowllands Limited.

1998 Gowllands Limited was sold to Medicamenta of the Czech Republic

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Gowllands Limited, Website