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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.