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Gas Meter Co

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1862. Original Minute Book - Cover.[1]
1862. Original Minute Book - First page.[2]
Oldham Works. Date unknown.
March 1903.
February 1904.
February 1904.
September 1909.
October 1909. Croll's meters.
October 1909.
December 1910.
January 1911.
August 1912.
August 1912.
February 1913.
April 1913.
February 1914.
February 1914.

of Kingsland Road, London (1868)

'Crolls' of 238 Kingsland Road, London, EC4. Telephone: Bishopsgate 7571. Telegraphic Address: "Meter, 'Phone, London"

of Oldham (1909)

1862 Business established (at Kingsland Road, London). The original directors included Alexander Angus Croll and George Rait, Jun and Stephenson Clarke; early share holders were Dr Fraser and H. P. Stephenson[3]

Presumably acquired John West and Co of Oldham at some point

By 1903 had premises in London, Oldham and Dublin (see advert)

1909 Photograph of the company in the works that had belonged to gas meter maker, West and Gregson in Oldham, established 1830 (see picture of the building)

1922 Directors: Sir H. Cowan, F. R. Smith, W. W. Parkinson and J. A. Macleod. Sec. F. W. Church.

1925 Parkinson and W. and B. Cowan owned 98% of the shares in the Gas Meter Co which in turn had a minority interest in the Diaphragm and General Leather Co Ltd[4].

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Gas Measuring Apparatus of all kinds, including Meters, Governors, Gauges, Test Meters, Clock controllers, Automatic Time Switches, etc., and the Recorda Money Box for Service Rentals and Tariff Schemes. (Stand Nos. Ca.803 and Ca.702) [5]

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Sources of Information

  1. SMC Library
  2. SMC Library
  3. 1862 Minutes book
  4. The Times, 4 March 1925
  5. 1937 British Industries Fair Page 366