Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,199 pages of information and 245,645 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

William Allen (1770-1843)

From Graces Guide

William Allen, chemist and philanthropist

1770 Born

1792 Started work as a clerk in Timothy Bevan and Sons of London, Druggists and Chymists

1795 Elevated to partner

1797 Allen continued in a partnership with his fellow Quaker, Luke Howard. The company became known as Allen and Howard

William Allen became a close associate of Humphry Davy, and his pharmacy was a centre of scientific research in London.

1807 Founding member of the Geological Society

c.1807 Featured in the painting of 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8', reproduced as an engraving by George Zobel, and William Walker[1]

1824 After marrying Charlotte Hanbury he took two of her nephews into the business, Daniel Bell Hanbury (1794-1882) and Cornelius Hanbury (1796-1869) as Allen, Hanburys and Barry

Became a Fellow of the Royal Society

1841 he was founding President of the Pharmaceutical Society.


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. National Portrait Gallery [1]
  • Archives of the British chemical industry, 1750-1914: a handlist. By Peter J. T. Morris and Colin A. Russell. Edited by John Graham Smith. 1988.