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Woodall-Duckham Construction Co

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September 1909.
1932. Coke Oven Plant at the Normandy Park Steel Works, Scunthorpe.
1932. By-Product Plant at the Normandy Park Steel Works.

of Brompton Road, London.

1906 Business founded by Harold Woodall and Arthur McDougall Duckham

1911 Company founded

1920 Private company formed as Woodall-Duckham Vertical Retort and Oven Construction Co. (1920) Ltd.

1928 Partially rebuilt the vertical retorts of Sheffield Gas Co at Neepsend[1]

1929 Designed and installed the first coke ovens on the Becker system in the UK - 25 ovens were built at Handsworth for the Nunnery Colliery Co of Sheffield[2]

1933 Built some intermittent vertical retorts on the Stettin principle for the Croydon Gas Co[3]. Built carbonizing plant for the Tottenham and District Gas Co[4]

1936 Built new coking plant at Blacker near Wombwell for the Barnsley and District Coking Co; motor spirit would be one of the byproducts[5]

1937 Erected 82 coke ovens at Redbourn for Richard Thomas and Co[6]

1938 Erected vertical chamber ovens for the Commercial Gas Co at Poplar[7]. Erected new coke ovens for the Stanton Iron Works Co[8]

1948 Incorporated as a public company[9]

1953 Name changed. Woodall-Duckham was a public company which started to be quoted on the London Stock Exchange in April 1953[10].

1961 Designers and contractors for coal carbonising and coal and oil gasification plants, and ancillary plants for the gas, coking and chemical industries. 2,700 employees.[11]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 13, 1928
  2. The Times, Apr 06, 1929
  3. The Times, Feb 13, 1933
  4. The Times, Dec 13, 1933
  5. The Times, May 05, 1936
  6. The Times, Friday, Jul 16, 1937
  7. The Times Friday, Feb 18, 1938
  8. The Times, Jun 23, 1938
  9. The Times, Oct 06, 1948
  10. The Times, 4 April 1953
  11. * 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE