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Cookson, Cuthbert and Co

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Bottle manufacturers, of Newcastle

1827 Cookson and Co established a large soda works at South Shields [1]. John Cookson and Coulthard were bottle makers at Bill Quay; Isaac Cookson and Co, plate glass manufacturers at Close, works at Forth banks; Isaac Cookson and Son were glass bottle manufacturers, Close; Cookson, Cuthbert and Co bottle manufacturers, E. Holborn, South Shields[2].

1831 Manufacture of lighthouse lenses, originally a French invention, was carried on by Cookson and Co. of South Shields from 1831 to 1845 [3].

1843 The Duke of Bordeaux visited the plate glass works of Cookson and Co in Newcastle [4].

The introduction of the cylinder process was a major development in glass making.

1845 The repeal of the glass excise duty, by removing the financial advantages bestowed upon crown glass manufacturers, placed a number of companies who had started to produce sheet glass by the cylinder process in a stronger competitive position than those firms who continued to make only crown glass. The sheet glass manufacturers were Chance Brothers of Birmingham, James Hartley and Co of Sunderland, Cooksons of Newcastle and Pilkington Brothers.

1846 The Cookson family sold their (plate) glass works[5]

1858 Cookson, Cuthbert and Co bottle manufacturers, at 71 Close, Newcastle [6], Newcastle upon Tyne, also had a manufactory at South Shields. Shared premises with W. I. Cookson, refiners of antimony, manufacturers of lead, paint, etc [7].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 29 December 1838
  2. History, Directory and Gazetteer of Durham and Northumberland, 1827
  3. Biography of Sir James Timmins Chance, ODNB [1]
  4. The Times, 28 November 1843
  5. Archives of the British chemical industry, 1750-1914: a handlist. By Peter J. T. Morris and Colin A. Russell. Edited by John Graham Smith. 1988.
  6. See: The Glass Trade of the North which mentions Close Gate as the traditional home of bottle making
  7. Post Office Directory of Northumberland & Durham, 1858