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W. G. Dunn and Co

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W. G. Dunn and Co Soap manufacturers of Croydon.

1887 William George Dunn returns to England from Canada and started business as a baking powder manufacturer on Katharine Street, Croydon.

1887 W. G. Dunn applied to register a trademark for 'Dunn's Fruit Salt Baking Powder' on 29th June, but strong objection came from James Crossley Eno who ten years prior to this had been granted a trademark for the term "fruit salt". [1]

The debate lasted 3 years. Eno objected that Dunn's proposal was an infringement of Eno's own trademark and that the use of this term was "calculated to deceive" the public into seeing a connection between Dunn's baking powder and the established Eno's Fruit Salt drink. William fails to obtain the trademark.[2]

1904 Moved to London Road.

1906 On the 13th August William died.[3]

The company continued to operate after his death under the same name, now in the control of his sons Frank and Lawrence.[4][5]

1911 When Elizabeth (William's wife) moved residence from London Road, the company moved to Tamworth Road and changed it's name to Dunn Brothers.[6][7]

1912 Onwards. Business known as Dunn Brothers, Custard Powder Manufacturers of Tanworth Road.[8]

At some point during the Dunn's residence, a small factory was constructed behind the house for use in manufacturing the baking powder. It was known as the Surrey Food Works (c1906).[9][10]

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Sources of Information

  1. James Crossley Eno v William George Dunn, House of Lords, 19 June 1890
  2. James Crossley Eno v William George Dunn, House of Lords, 19 June 1890
  3. National Probate Calendar
  4. Ward’s Directories
  5. 1911 Census
  6. Ward’s Directories
  7. 1911 Census
  8. Ward’s Directories
  9. 15 August 1906 Croydon Times
  10. 1913 Ordnance Survey Map