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Rowe Brothers and Co

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192 High Street and later of Queen Street, Exeter.

1839 Company established.

1900 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Manufacturers of sheet lead, lead pipe, red lead, litharge, etc[1].

1924 Merger of Locke, Lancaster and W. W. and R. Johnson and Sons Ltd, the white lead, red lead and litharge works of Rowe Brothers and Co Ltd of Exeter with works at Bootle, and the lead, antimony and other manufacturing interests of Cookson and Co; shareholders would receive, in exchange for their shares, shares in Associated Lead Manufacturers Ltd. The 3 companies were all private companies; they would continue as separate entities with their existing management[2].

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Times, 4 December 1924