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James Muspratt and Sons

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James Muspratt and Sons, chemical manufacturers, of Widnes and Liverpool

1828 James Muspratt built a new alkali works at St Helens in partnership with another Irish chemist, Josias Gamble.

1830 The partnership ended. Muspratt moved to Newton-le-Willows on the St Helens Canal.

1839 James Young became manager of James Muspratt and Sons at Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire. Young was involved in the layout of the plant and became its technical director.

Muspratt was continually involved in litigation concerning the emissions from his works.

1843 Apparatus for the manufacture of the Prussiates of Potash[1].

1844 James Young left Muspratts

c.1852 No 1 works at Widnes was established by James Muspratt and Sons (Widnes and Liverpool) as Muspratt Wood End works[2].

1853 James Muspratt and Sons: manufacturing chemist, of 1 Royal Bank Buildings, Liverpool and works at 237 Vauxhall Road and at Newton[3]

1858 Partnership dissolved of J. Muspratt and Sons, of Liverpool[4].

1865 The Widnes Alkali Co established its works which became Muspratts No 2 works.

1888 The company hosted a visit by a group of chemical science students; Mr E. K. Muspratt was chairman of the classes; showed the students the process for recovering sulphur from alkali waste[5].

1888 The Muspratts exhibited crystals of chlorate of potash, and chlorate of soda at the Glasgow International Exhibition[6].

1890 Muspratts was one of many Leblanc soda manufacturers which amalgamated to form the United Alkali Co, of which Max Muspratt became a director and later honorary president.

1892 Most of the No.2 works at Widnes had been closed[7].

1919 The No 1 and No 2 works were merged[8].


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Sources of Information

  1. Mechanics Magazine Volume XXXIX (39) 1843 Pt2 p386
  2. United Alkali papers in National Archives [1]
  3. Gore's Directory of Liverpool and its Environs, 1853
  4. Liverpool Mercury 4 January 1858
  5. Liverpool Mercury, 16 May 1888
  6. Glasgow Herald, 16 July 1888
  7. Liverpool Mercury, 5 January 1892
  8. United Alkali papers in National Archives [2]