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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. 
ICI acquired a controlling interest