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Stafford Allen and Sons

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of 7 Cowper Street, Finsbury, London, EC2. Cultures and Distillery at Long Melford, Suffolk. Export Department at Ardleigh Green, Essex. (1922)

of Wharf Road, London, N1. Telephone: Clerkenwell 1000. Cables: "Stafalens, Nordo, London". (1947)

1833 Stafford Allen and Sons was founded by William Allen (1770-1843). Allen chose his nephew Stafford Allen, a miller of Amersham, to run the business.

The company evolved into a producer of pure drugs and essential oils. They were known, in particular, for their sandalwood and clove oil.

Stafford went into partnership with Charles May, a druggist of Ampthill.

1843 May left and was replaced by Stafford's younger brother, George.

1857 George Allen terminated the partnership and returned to Ampthill to operate an extracts manufacturing business under the name George Allen and Co (of Ampthill).

1889 Stafford Allen died

1893 Took over George Allen and Co (of Ampthill) on George Allen's death.

1899 The firm was incorporated and erected a factory at Long Melford.

1902 The Ampthill premises were sold and the plant was moved to Long Melford,

1922 British Industries Fair Advert (in French). Essential Oils and their aromatic derivatives; Flavouring Essences; Soluble Essences; Pharmaceutical Preparations; Medicinal Herbs and Roots; Powdered Drugs and Spices. (Stand No. A.37) [1]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Drugs and Pharmaceutical Preparations, Extracts: Solid, Liquid, Granulated, Powdered. Galenicals. Essential Oil Distillers, Flavouring Essences. Perfumery Isolates, Compounds, Fine Chemicals. Powdered Gums and Spices. Pyrethrum and Derris Extracts for Insecticides. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1255) [2]

1966 Amalgamated with W. J. Bush and Co. Ltd and A. Boake, Roberts and Co. Ltd to form Bush Boake Allen.

1978 The combined businesses were taken over by Albright and Wilson Ltd

Later resold to Union Camp Inc.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Perfume Projects
  • Archives of the British chemical industry, 1750-1914: a handlist. By Peter J. T. Morris and Colin A. Russell. Edited by John Graham Smith. 1988.