Burt, Boulton and Haywood

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of Salisbury House, London Wall, London, EC2. Cables: "Burboul, London". Telephone: London Wall 7569 (4 lines). (1922)

1848 Company was founded by H. P. Burt and S. B. Boulton, who laid the foundations of the timber preservation industry.[1]

1876 The by-product of heating coal to make gas was a tarry mixture of chemicals. By this date, Burt, Boulton and Haywood were distilling 12 million gallons of coal tar each year to extract many chemicals which could then be turned into disinfectant, insecticide and dyes. The coal tar came from gasworks, such as those at Beckton. Sulphur from the gas works was the raw material for local manufacturers of sulphuric acid, needed by other nearby companies producing products such as fertilizers.

1876 Burts bought the dyestuffs works at Greenford Green (where alizarin manufacture had originally been developed by W. H. Perkin) from Brooke, Simpson and Spiller. With it they acquired the rights to work the alizarin patents. They transferred the manufacture to Silvertown the following year.

1877 With the German company Bad. Anilin and Soda Fabrik the firm granted licences to several firms to manufacture alizarin in accordance with the 1869 patents held by the 2 companies[2]

1881 Became the only British member of The Alizarin Convention, a cartel designed to regulate the price of alizarin dyes and allocate sales quotas, with nine German manufacturers. The company had a quota of slightly under 10% of the total.

1886 Samuel Bagster Boulton, Thomas Burt Haywood, and Harold Edwin Boulton, carrying on business as Burt, Boulton, and Haywood, at 64, Cannon-street, Timber Merchants, issued a Bankruptcy Notice against Robert King, builder[3]

1898 The company was registered on 3 August, to take over the business of a firm of the same name, timber merchants and sawmill proprietors, tar distillers and chemical manufacturers. [4]

1921 Patent - Improvements in apparatus for distilling coal tar, petroleum and other liquids. [5]

1922 British Industries Fair Advert (double page) for Coal Tar Products; Coal Tar and Ammonia Products; Disinfectants. Also as English Timber Merchants; Foreign Timber Importers; Sawmills and Timber Preservers. Tar Distillers, Creosoters, Wharfingers, etc. (Stand No. A.57) [6]

1922 Works:

  • Prince Regent's Wharf, Silvertown, London, E.
  • Burt's Wharf, Rotherhithe, London, SE16
  • Eling Wharf, Totton, near Southampton
  • Alexandra Dock, Grimsby, Lincolnshire
  • Devonshire Dock, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
  • Alexandra Dock, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Greenland Dock, West Hartlepool, Cleveland
  • Latresne, France
  • Selzaete, Belgium
  • Bilbao, Spain

1930 Trinidad Leaseholds acquired the petroleum distribution side of Burt, Boulton and Haywood and would market motor spirit under the brand Regent[7].

Note: (01/08) The company had its own website.[2] but does not now (09/17) relate to the timber preservation business.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. It was said these were two eminent railway engineers but this now seems unlikely
  2. The Edinburgh Gazette 9 October 1877
  3. London Gazette 20 Aril 1886
  4. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  5. [1] Wikipatents
  6. 1922 British Industries Fair Adverts xlii and xliii; and p13
  7. The Times, 12 November 1930
  • [3] Burt, Boulton and Haywood Ltd
  • [4] Cities of Science