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W. V. Bowater and Sons

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of 159 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC

1881 Company established by William Vansittart Bowater

By the end of the 19th century, 3 of his sons had joined William in his business which became W. V. Bowater and Sons.

1903 Dissolution of the Partnership between William Vansittart Bowater, Thomas Vansittart Bowater, Frank Henry Bowater, and Frederick William Bowater, carrying on business as Paper Makers' Agents and Wholesale Stationers, at 159, Queen Victoria-street, in the city of London, under the style or firm of W. V. BOWATER AND SONS, by mutual consent as and from the 30th day of November, 1903, from which date the said business was to be carried on by Thomas Vansittart Bowater, Frank Henry Bowater and Frederick William Bowater under the same style or firm.[1]

1910 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Paper manufacturers and agents. Specialities: news, fine and common printings, in reams or on reels; writings, art papers, wrappers etc.; waste papers; belting, china clay, machine wires, machinery metals and other paper making materials. [2]

1914 Acquired site at Northfleet for a paper mill.

1926 Amalgamation with Thames Exporting Packing Co and A. H. Green and Co[3]. Reconstruction as a public company as W. V. Bowater and Sons (1926) Ltd.[4]

1927 Eric Vansittart Bowater became chairman and managing director of W. V. Bowater and Sons and was the leading figure in the firm for the following three and a half decades. He dominated Bowater's affairs by sheer force of personality.

1947 Bowater's various businesses were re-organized in a more streamlined structure under the holding company Bowater Paper Corporation.

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 4 December 1903
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. The Times 31 Mar 1927
  4. London Gazette