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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Francis and Co

From Graces Guide
December 1889.

of Vauxhall, London, SE (offices)

of Cliffe, near Rochester (1900), maker of Portland cement

1810 Company established.

1836 Dissolution of the Partnership between Charles Francis, John Bazley White, Charles Larkin Francis, and Alfred Francis, of Nine Elms, Battersea, in the County of Surrey, Roman Cement Manufacturers[1]

1865 Dissolution of the Partnership between Charles Larkin Francis, Alfred Francis, and Edward Pott, carrying on business as Cement Manufacturers and Lime Burners, at Nine Elms, in the county of Surrey ; Scotland-yard, City-road Wharf, Bridge Wharf, Kentish Town, No. 17, Northumberland-street, Strand, all the county of Middlesex; the Medina Mills, near Cowes, in the Isle of Wight; Pitt-street, Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster; and Talbot-place, in the city of Dublin[2].

c.1875 Cliffe cement works set up - presumably this was the point at which Francis and Co was established.

1886 Limited company incorporated to take over and amalgamate on co-partnership business of Francis and Co., of Nine Elms Cement Works, Bridge-foot, Vauxhall, and of Cliffe, near Rochester, the whiting works at Cliffe known as Francis, Donald, and Johnson's Works, and of Empson, Holcombe, and Co., of the Pottery, Cliffe, cement, plaster of Paris, whiting, and cask manufacturers and merchants.

The members of the firm were:

  • C. Eastland de Michele, Nine Elms Cement Wharf, cement manufacturer
  • P. O. Francis, Nine Elms Cement Wharf, cement manufacturer
  • V. D. de Michele, Nine Elms Cement Wharf, cement manufacturer
  • G. B. Francis, Nine Elms Cement Wharf, cement manufacturer
  • J. E. Johnston, Nine Elms Cement Wharf, cement manufacturer
  • G. J. Francis, 15 Cambridge gardens, Notting hill, commission agent
  • R. S. W. Donald, 39 Maxilla gardens, North Kensington
  • R. E. Middleton, Cliffe, cement manufacturer
  • W. H. Francis, Cliffe, cement manufacturer

1899 Successfully claimed compensation from the London County Council for loss of the use of the wharf at Vauxhall Bridge, which was their distribution centre for cement made at Cliffe[3]

1900 Became part of Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers

1901 At EGMs of Francis and Co. Limited, resolutions for the winding up of the Company were duly passed[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 30 December 1836
  2. London Gazette 4 April 1865
  3. The Times Feb. 9, 1899
  4. London Gazette 18 Jan 1901