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of Gracehurch St, London
1871 Company launched for the manufacture of Bessemer steel and ordnance in London, at the premises in (East) Greenwich where Henry Bessemer had established plant; the land and plant was to be leased by the new company; this location was considered to give the company advantages because the nearest steel plant was 130 miles away. Sir John Lubbock and Henry Bessemer junior were trustees
1872 Visit by members of the Society of Engineers saw the early stage of erection of the plant, said to be at Cubitt Town.
1873 Public meeting of the company
1873 Exhibited steel rails, tyres, etc at the Vienna Universal Exhibition; awarded diploma of honour
1874 Petition by creditors to wind up the company