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Candles Ltd, soap, candle and lubricating oil manufacturers of London and Wirral

1919 Lever Brothers bought Prices Patent Candle Co

1922 Lever Brothers entered into an agreement with what are now Shell, BP and Burmah Oil Co to create a new jointly-owned company, Candles Ltd, to take over Price's and all its subsidiary companies.

1936 Unilever, through its UK operation Lever Brothers, sold out of Candles Ltd but kept the Bromborough works and all the soap manufacturing rights. It continued to develop Bromborough for its specialist fatty acid production.

1951 The first multigrade oil, Energol, was developed at Battersea.

1954 Increasing demand for multigrade oil led BP to remove all the lubricating oil business to its oil refinery at Grangemouth and rebrand it as its own product.

1980 End of Price's design and manufacture of candle-making machinery.

1982 BP and Burmah Oil Co sold their stakes in Candles Ltd, leaving Shell as the owner.

1991 Shell sold Price's to a private buyer.

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