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of 11 Old Fish Street, druggists and makers of soap, the producer of Wright's Coal Tar Soap
1853 May Advertised for a Laboratory Assistant for W. V. Wright and Co of 11 Old Fish Street and describes himself as a wholesale druggist's establishment. 
1853 June. He advertised for a a partner in his business with the opportunity to take it over in a year or two 
1854 Advertised for an apprentice for a seaport town in Hampshire 
1855 July. Offered a drug business for sale. Address is 11 Old Fish Street. 
1856 June. Advertised for a retail chemist's assistant. 
1857 November. Advertised for a medical assistant. Described as W. V. Wright and Co, wholesale druggists of 11 Old Fish Street. 
1858 July. Advertised for a Country Traveller 
1858 August. Advertised for a medical assistant 
1859 Advertised for a Chemist's assistant 
1859 June. Offers his business for sale 'in consequence of the continued ill health of the proprietor' for £350. He is described as W. V. Wright and Co, of 11 Old Fish Street. 
1861 Mention of a lease to William Valentine Wright of 11 Old Fish Street, London, with the warehouse, laboratory and other outbuildings, originally granted to him in December 1854. 
1866 November. First advertisement for 'Pure Coal-Tar Soap (registered as Sapo Carbonis Detergens). This soap is unrivelled as a skin soap as proved by abundant medical testimony; by daily use infectious diseases are prevented and a clear and healthy appearances imparted to the skin. In tablets at 6d and 1s each by all chemists and wholesale of W. V. Wright and Co, manufacturing chemists, London. Retail city depot Robert Howden, chemist etc. Gracechurch Street.' 
1867 The company moved to small (one-third acre) premises at 50 Southwark Street, Southwark, London. This area of London was already renowned for its glue factories and tanneries. 
1871 August. Advertised Coal Tar Soap and is shown as W. V. Wright and Co of Southwark Street. 
1872 May. Advertised Coal Tar Soap and is shown as W. V. Wright and Co of Southwark Street. 
1873 July. Advertised Coal Tar Soap and is shown as W. V. Wright and Co of Southwark Street. 
1875 May. Advertised Coal Tar Soap and is shown as W. V. Wright and Co of Southwark Street. 
1875 Mr W. V. Wright of Wright, Sellers and Layman was elected member of a committee pressing the need for action to prevent flooding on the South side of the Thames in London, in Southwark and Lambeth.
1876 July. Advertised Coal Tar Soap and is shown as W. V. Wright and Co of Southwark Street. 
1885 February. W. V. Wright and Co of Southwark Street was referred to as 'sole proprietors of Wright's Coal Tar Soap' and describes them as the manufacturer of it. This is the last identified mention of W. V. Wright and Co.