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Imperial Continental Gas Association

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1824 Company formed for purposes of lighting the principal towns of the Continent.

1820s John Seaward was connected with the Imperial and Continental Gas Company; lit several towns and cities both in Britain and abroad, particularly in France, Belgium, and Holland.

1825 Sir W Congreve, Hon J. T. Leslie Melville, Thomas Meux, J. Horsley Palmer were directors of the Imperial Continental Gas Co[1]

Known as the Imperial Continental Gas Association[2]

1841 Premises at 7 White Hart Court, Lombard St, London[3]

WWI the company's operation were disrupted by the war, especially in Germany where the state ordered the liquidation of the company's property[4]

1923 Received first instalment of compensation for wartime losses in Germany[5]

1950 As part of the company's policy to spread its assets in case of nationalisation, the company had acquired British Sewing Machines Ltd and a substantial interest in Hamer-Porter Paints Ltd. Other British subsidiaries were Ewart and Son, James Stott and Co (Engineers), Utility Loan Co.[6]

c.1952 Acquired the Jones Sewing Machine Co which became part of British Sewing Machines[7]

1958 Increased financial interest in Calor Gas[8]

1960 Sold the holding in James Stott and Co to Glover and Main[9].

c.1962 Sold the interest in Jones Sewing Machine Co which had minimal book value[10]

1965 Purchased a holding in Major and Co[11]. Becoming familiarly known as I.C. Gas

1969 Imperial Continental Gas Association acquired the remaining 72.6 percent of shares in Calor Gas that it did not already own[12]

1980 Acquired CompAir[13]

1985 ICGas had oil production operations in the North Sea and onshore USA; Calor was a another major business; it also had interests in Belgian gas and electricity distribution; in July it sold CompAir[14]

1987 Split into two companies: Calor, including Century Power and Light, and Contibel Holdings, which had investments in a number of Belgian energy companies[15] and was almost immediately taken over by Tractebel and Groupe Bruxelles Lambert of Belgium[16]

1995 Voluntarily liquidated[17]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Monday, Feb 07, 1825
  2. The Times, Feb 06, 1827
  3. Post Office London Directory, 1841
  4. The Times, Aug 28, 1916
  5. The Times, Jan 19, 1923
  6. The Times, Jul 08, 1950
  7. The Times July 4, 1953
  8. The Times, Jun 27, 1959
  9. The Times, Jun 25, 1960
  10. The Times Jun 30, 1962
  11. The Times, Jul 03, 1965
  12. The Times, Jan 11, 1969
  13. The Times Feb. 14, 1980
  14. The Times Dec. 11, 1985
  15. The Times, February 14, 1987
  16. The Times, July 09, 1987
  17. The Times, April 25, 1995