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Glover and Main

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of Angel Road, Edmonton, London.

1843 Thomas Glover invented/improved the original diaphragm gas meter.

1844 He formed Thomas Glover and Co

1897 Company founded.

1897 Public company.

1897 T. Glover and Co manufactured gas meters at the Gothic Works.

The company later amalgamated with R. and A. Main gas stove makers to form Glover and Main but the 2 constituent companies continued to operate under their own names.

1899 Glover and Main established the works at Edmonton.

1900 Glover and Main established the Gothic works at Camelon.

During the 20th century they became one of the largest manufacturers of gas cookers in the UK.

1951 A new factory was built on part of the Gothic Works.

1959 Acquired George Glover and Co, meter makers, from Radiation; this brought together 2 companies both founded by the Glover family[1].

1960 Glover and Main approached Imperial Continental Gas Association offering to acquire its interests in James Stott and Co; the offer was accepted because equipment manufacturing was not ICGA's core interest[2].

1961 Manufacturers of domestic gas and electrical appliances, catering equipment and meters. 3,500 employees.

1965 The business was taken over by Thorn Electrical Industries which wanted to expand into the gas business[3].

1983 Production ceased.

1902 Photographs of the Works

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 4 May 1960
  2. The Times, 25 June 1960
  3. The Times, 18 March 1965