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Wilkinson, Heywood and Clark

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of Caledonian Works, Poplar and Bootle.

1770 Company established at 7, Caledonian Road by a Mr. Pritchard who traded as a chemist, the locality being then known as Battle Bridge. He conducted experiments in the production of tars, varnishes and naphtha and added the manufacture of these articles to his business.

Mr. Pritchard sold his interest in the business to a Captain Tucker, who arranged with his foreman, Mr. Wilkinson, that the industry should he carried on under the latter's name (presumably in 1796 - see advert)

Captain Tucker sold out to Mr. Heywood, grandfather of a future director, Mr. J. Sharp C. Heywood, who was subsequently joined by the late Mr. A. A. Clark.

The firm continued as Wilkinson, Heywood & Clark.

1896 Incorporated as limited company.

1907 Monograms and heraldic designs; varnishes, colours, paints, and sundries.[1]

1911 Manufacturer of Paints, Colours and Varnishes for the Railways.[2]

1912 Company acquired additional premises at Poplar and expanded their Bootle premises (the Paint and Colour Factory); the Varnish Factory was at West Drayton; 3 adjacent factories at Poplar: Storer's Wharf, Caledonian Wharf, and Falcon Wharf, covering ten acres of ground with a continuous frontage of 900 feet to the River Thames; the premises at Caledonian Road were retained as a Depot and Store.

by 1914 described themselves as "Proprietors of David Storer and Sons" (see advert)

1914 Manufacturers of varnishes, colours, paints, oil boilers, refiners and distillers. Specialities: coachbuilders' and all other varnishes, paints, enamels, colours, oils, greases and lubricants. Employees 1,000. [3]

1920s Pinchin, Johnson and Co purchased the entire share capital of Wilkinson, Heywood and Clark Ltd[4].

1924 Fully merged with Pinchin, Johnson and Co; Wilkinson, Heywood and Clark company voluntarily liquidated[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1907/11/15
  2. Bradshaw’s Railway Manual 1911
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  4. The Times, 13 March 1924
  5. The Times, 13 March 1924