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Bickford, Smith and Co

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February 1901.
January 1902.

of Tuckingmill, Cornwall, and 85, Gracechurch Street, London, EC

1831 Company established by William Bickford under the name Bickford, Smith and Davey.

1864 Name changed to Bickford, Smith and Co.

1876 Patent Safety Fuse.

1888 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Manufacturers of blasting fuses, instantaneous fuses for military and civil engineering and safety colliery fuses for gaseous mines; electric fuses; volley-firers and all blasting accessories. [1]

1918 Incorporated into Explosives Trades Ltd as part of the merger of 29 makers of explosives[2]

ICI acquired a controlling interest

1932 Formation of ICI (Explosives) which would include 11 companies controlled by ICI including Bickford, Smith and Co [3].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Times, Dec 02, 1918
  3. The Times, 7 April 1932