James Quin and Co
Golden Hill Indian Rubber Works, Leyland, near Preston.
James Quin married into the business owned by Sarah Smith, the widow of William Smith, who had been a waterproof manufacturer at his factory on the Leyland Workhouse site.
c.1862 James Quin learned the techniques of vulcanization of rubber from James Lyne Hancock. Some of Hancock's employees were sent to Leyland to pass on their skills; ome eventually join the Leyland workforce.
1868 The expanding business moved to a new site on Golden Hill Lane, adjacent to the workhouse.
1873 Incorporated as a Limited Company.
1873 Following an increase in business, the firm became a public company as Mr Quin's Indian Rubber & Hosepipe Works.
James Quin & Co Ltd., were described as " manufacturers of all kinds of india rubber articles, valves, sheets, buffers, washers, rings, cylinders, steam packing, hose tubing, india rubber machinery, belting, woven linen hose pipes for agricultural, fire brigade and mill purposes, and all india rubber articles used for engineering purposes, elastic steam rope, round or square, with core in the centre, and all kinds of water proof covers made to order, also water proof horse cloths etc."
1886 Following the death of James Quin, the name of the company was changed to Leyland Rubber Co.
Sources of Information
-  Golden Hill Lane