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Christopher Thomas and Brothers

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Many parts of the works survive as the Gardiner Haskins Homecentre
View from Old Bread Street

of Broad Plain Soap and Candle Works, Bristol

1743 (or 1747 [1]) Company established. [2]

1841 amalgamation of Messrs. Fripps and Messrs. Thomas Thomas and Sons took place; works were established on the Broad Plain site.

1897 The company was registered on 21 July, to take over the business of a company of the same name, manufacturers of soaps etc. [3]

1912 The company was taken over by Lever Brothers

1914 Soap and candle makers, refiners of edible oils. Specialities: household soaps, candles, Puritan olive oil soap, Fripp's olive oil soap. Employees 120. [4]

1954 The factory closed[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Apr 08, 1922
  2. The History of Unilever by Charles Wilson. Published 1954 by Cassell and Co
  3. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  4. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  5. 'Bristol at Work' by John Penny, Breedon Books, 2005