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British Crown Glass Co

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1814 Glassmaking was introduced to Smethwick by Thomas Shutt, who began building a works on part of Blakeley Hall farm beside the Birmingham Canal west of Spon Lane apparently in 1814 and started making crown window-glass there apparently in 1815.

1816 Shutt worked in partnership; from 1816 the business was carried on as the British Crown Glass Co.

1822 Shutt died.

1822 The works was sold by Joseph Stock, and Thomas and Philip Palmer, two of the original partners, to Robert Lucas Chance - the business later becoming Chance Brothers and Co

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