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Charles Attwood and Company, glass maker and alkali maker, of Gateshead
About 1810, Charles Attwood acquired a minor share in a window glass factory at Saltmeadows in Gateshead.
About 1813 he bought out his two partners but, as a result, found himself the defendant in litigation which dragged on for nine years before it was resolved in his favour, legally though not financially.
Meanwhile he had patented a means for producing clearer glass.
1834 on the same site he started a company to make soap and alkali
1840 Attwood sold the alkali business to C. Allhusen and associates.
1845 Attwood established the Weardale Iron Co