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Maxim-Weston Electric Co

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of 55 Victoria St (offices), and Kingsland-green (manufacturing works)

1882 Public company

1882 June: The Electric Light and Power Generator Co changed its name to Maxim-Weston Electric Co Ltd[1]. The company had recently bought the Weston (dynamo) and Maxim (lamp) rights and patents and was able to meet all requirements for electric lighting, whether arc or incandescent[2].

1882 sold the Lancashire Maxim-Weston Electric Co a licence to vend and use certain inventions patented by Maxim, Nicholls and Weston[3]

1883 Renewal of contract with the city of London for 3 months to supply lighting [4]

1885 Failed to recover payments from the liquidation of the Lancashire company which were felt to be due from the original licencing[5]

1888 The company offered to supply the City of London with lighting for initial cost of £15,000 and annual cost of £3,875 for maintaining 800 lights in opposition to a tender from Anglo-American Brush Electric Light Corporation[6]

1890 The directors had discontinued drawing salaries; several new travellers had been employed; the company had established a central station at Dalston and was making switches and electrical appliances; St Margaret's Mansions was being wired[7]

1890 Advertised for gentlemen's sons as electrical engineering pupils; claimed to be "One of the oldest established companies" and recipient of a Gold Medal at Crystal Palace, 1882[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jun 29, 1882
  2. Western Mail, June 30, 1882
  3. The Times, Jun 13, 1885
  4. The Times, Apr 18, 1883
  5. The Times, Jun 13, 1885
  6. The Times, Feb 22, 1888
  7. The Electrical Engineer, 28 February 1890
  8. The Times, Jan 06, 1890