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Parkinson and W. and B. Cowan

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1910. Gas meter.
1910. Gas meter (detail).
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1916. Candle lantern. (Detail).

1900 On 16th November Parkinson and W. and B. Cowan was incorporated as a public company[1], manufacturers of gas meters and other gas apparatus, being the amalgamation of 2 of the oldest firms in this business: W. and B. Cowan Ltd of London, Manchester, Edinburgh and New South Wales, and W. Parkinson Ltd of London and Birmingham[2].

1925 Offer of shares to the public[3].

1925 Having been developing electric meters for some time, it was expected these would soon be generating profits for the company.

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].

1928 The company was renamed Parkinson and Cowan - new shares quoted[5].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 5 May 1959
  2. The Times, 3 March 1925
  3. The Times, 3 March 1925
  4. The Times, 4 March 1925
  5. The Times, 17 July 1928