Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,134 pages of information and 245,598 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

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.


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Carlton 'New World'. Exhibit at Beamish Museum.
Dec 1921.
Poss 1930's. Eureka 'New World', John Wright and Co, Radiation Oven.
January 1929. New World gas cookers.
May 1931.
June 1933.
January 1934. New World.
December 1934.
December 1934.
April 1935.
Sept 1949.
1951. "Siesta" Stove and "Eagle" Convector Fire
1953 New World Gas Cooker
April 1953.
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Radiation Rhythm Iron, No. 375.
October 1953.
May 1954.
February 1954.
October 1954.
February 1955.
November 1957. Parkray 4.
September 1958.
1963. Jackson Electric Cookers.
November 1963.

of Thimble Mill Lane, Aston, Birmingham, 6. Telephone: Central 2169. Telegraphic Address: "Raditherm". Also at North Circular Road, London; Warrington; Leeds and Luton. (1937)

1919 Public company formed to acquire any or all of the shares of John Wright and Eagle Range, Richmond Gas Stove and Meter Co and carry on the business of gas stove and gas appliance makers and dealers[1]. Also acquired Davis Gas Stove Co[2].

1923 Regulo thermostats (said to have been invented in 1915) were first fitted by Radiation as standard to its gas ovens[3].

1925 Other subsidiaries were Arden Hill and Co, Fletcher, Russell and Co and Wilsons and Mathiesons Ltd[4].

1926 They disposed the industrial section of their furnace business, hitherto carried on at Grappenhall Works, Warrington, together with the business of Brayshaw Furnaces and Tools to Messrs. S. N. and E. R. Brayshaw. Fletcher Russell and Co, Warrington, continued to manufacture and supply dental laboratory and general technical apparatus and appliances, which were its own furnace specialties, and the Davis Furnace Co, Luton, continued to manufacture and supply its "Revergen" furnace in its various forms. The Brayshaw Company acquired additional works to deal with its furnace trade. Its milling cutter and small tool products were from now on manufactured at its Mulberry-street, Manchester, works.[5]

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Gas Fires, Cookers and Water Heaters. Regulo controlled New World Gas Cookers, High "Beam" Gas Fires, Gas Radiators, Gas operated Hot Water Apparatus, and Large Cooking Apparatus for hotels and boarding houses. (Gas: Industrial and Domestic Section - Stand Nos. Ca.603 and Ca.502) [6]

1944 Nautilus Fire Co Ltd was a subisidary of Radiation Ltd[7].

1948 Radiation offered a number of solid-fuel appliances - the Siesta stove, the Yorkdale range, and the Sutton coke grate. Had developed a cooking range for railway use that could use locomotive fuel, in addition to the normal range for this use which burnt "oil gas" [8]

1952 Designed the Parkray solid fuel convector fire in response to the proposal of the 1952 Ridley Committee[9]

1953 Advert on this page for New World Gas Cooker. [10]

1954 Had designed the Parkray convector solid-fuel fire to fit into existing grates, in response to the proposal of the 1952 Ridley Committee[11]

By 1958 had acquired Jackson Electric Stove Co - the Luton factory was totally devoted to electric appliances; gas appliances were made by the gas division and by subsidiary Bratt Colbran, makers of space heating equipment; had introduced further Ductair warm air heating equipment[12]

1959 The name of Jackson Electric Stove was changed to Jackson Industries

1958 Acquired Parnall (Yate) Ltd, which broadened the company's range of domestic appliances, especially washing machines and gas water heaters, as well as the supply of castings[13]. Parnalls included Ascot Gas Water Heaters.

1961 Radiation consolidated its central heating equipment under the Parkray brand, whether working on gas, oil or solid fuel[14]. See also Radiation Parkray.

1961 Manufacturers of gas, electric and solid fuel appliances. Other group activities include light engineering products, light alloy castings, specialised products in vitreous enamels etc. [15]

1967 Taken over by Tube Investments[16].

1981 Glow Worm Boilers and Radiation-Ascot, both part of Tube Investments, were 2 of 6 boiler makers investigated for collusion in raising prices[17]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 7 June 1919
  2. The Times, 30 June 1919
  3. Stotty 'n' Spice Cake: The Story of North East Cooking By Bill Griffiths, 2006
  4. The Times, 19 March 1925
  5. The Engineer 1926/11/26
  6. 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p553; and p404
  7. The Times, 20 April 1944
  8. The Times, Apr 22, 1948
  9. The Times, Apr 01, 1954
  10. [1] History World
  11. The Times, Apr 01, 1954
  12. The Times, Apr 02, 1958
  13. The Times, 26 May 1958
  14. The Times, May 02, 1961
  15. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  16. The Times, 24 August 1967
  17. The Times, Jun 30, 1981