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Vauxhall Glassworks

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Vauxhall glassworks was a plate glass factory off what is now the Albert Embankment in the Vauxhall area of Lambeth, London, just to the north of Vauxhall Gardens. The site is now commemorated in the name of Glasshouse Walk.

George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham acquired the works and established a factory there with the help of John Bellingham to make blown plate-glass. Villiers was later locked up in the Tower of London and deprived of his patents. He handed the glassworks over to John Dawson, who had started there as an apprentice and worked his way up to become the manager. Dawson went into partnership with glassmaker John Bowles to operate the business and the new company, known as Dawson, Bowles and Co, was owned and run by the two families until it closed in the late 1780s

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