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Bell's Asbestos Co, of 118 Southwark Street, London and Cable Street, Blackfriars, Manchester
c.1877-9 Discovery of crysotile asbestos in Canada
c.1880 after the formation of the United Asbestos Co, John Bell acquired samples; he then sought advice from a Lancashire cotton spinner and weaver, Samuel Turner, who entered an agreement to supply woven asbestos to John Bell. When that agreement came to an end, Turner Brothers Asbestos Co entered the market as competitors.
1888 The company was registered on 4 May, to take over the business of John Bell and Son, manufacturers of asbestos in all the forms used in steam engines and electric machines, together with freehold deposits of asbestos in the province of Quebec, Canada.
1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Samples of asbestos raw, carded and spun. 
1906 The deposits of asbestos owned in Quebec, Canada, were sold.