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1929. British Industries Fair catalogue.

of 16-47 Cross Street, Hatton Garden, London, EC1 Telephone: Holborn 4884-5. (1929)

of 4 Iddesleigh House, Caxton Street, London, SW1. (1937)

of 10 Princes Street, Westminster, London, SW1. Telephone: Abbey 3833. Cables: "Monazite, Parl London". (1947)

1914 Hopkin and Williams, the Volker Lighting Co., and Howards and Sons Ltd jointly established Thorium Ltd to make thorium nitrate for gas mantles.

1929 British Industries Fair Advert for Rare Earth Compounds and Metallic Elements used in the Incandescent Mantle Trade. Salts used in the Glass and Textile Industries. Mesothorium Bromide for Medicinal and Scientific use. Thorium**, Cerium, Didymium Nitrates. (Chemicals etc. Section - Stand Nos. K.94 and K.101) [1]

1937 Mesothorium producers. [2]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Producers of Rare Earth Chemicals. Compounds of Thorium, Cerium, Lanthanum, Didymium, Samarium. Radioactive Luminous Compounds for Dials of Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments. "Cerirouge" the New Polishing Powder for Optical Glass. (Olympia, Ground Floor, stand No. A.1246) [3]

1959 The company was acquired from Howards and ICI by Rio Tinto, who produced the raw feedstock as a by-product in Canada, and Dow Chemicals, in order to make certain high performance alloys[4]

The factory occupied by Thorium Ltd was demolished some time ago, and 10,000 tonnes of contaminated material from the factory had to be dumped at sea.

  • Note:**
    • Thorium is a radioactive metal. [5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1929 British Industries Fair Advert 11; and p167
  2. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair p274
  4. The Times, Nov 03, 1959
  5. [1] Games Monitor - Contamination and Controversy in the Olympic Park
  • 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.