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[[image:im20170503RB-WBCowan.jpg |thumb| Badge found at [[Joseph Williamson|Joseph Williamson's]] House site by The Friends of Williamson's Tunnels. ]]
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[[image:im20170503RB-WBCowan.jpg |thumb|1892 Badge found at [[Joseph Williamson|Joseph Williamson's]] House site by The Friends of Williamson's Tunnels. ]]
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[[Image:Im20190916Cowan1864.jpg|thumb| 1864. ]]
 
[[image:Im1888EnV65-p319a.jpg|thumb| 1888. Gas plate warming machine.]]
 
[[image:Im1888EnV65-p319a.jpg|thumb| 1888. Gas plate warming machine.]]
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Gas meter makers, of Buccleuch-street Works, Edinburgh, of Dutton-street Works, Manchester, and Smith Square Works, Westminster, London.
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Gas meter makers, of London, Manchester, Edinburgh and New South Wales (1925)
 
Gas meter makers, of London, Manchester, Edinburgh and New South Wales (1925)
  
 
of Terminal House, Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1.  Telephone: Sloane 0111.  Telegraphic Address: "Disc, Sowest, London".  (1937)
 
of Terminal House, Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1.  Telephone: Sloane 0111.  Telegraphic Address: "Disc, Sowest, London".  (1937)
  
1825 Company founded<ref>The Times, 3 March 1925</ref>.  
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1825/7 Company founded<ref>The Times, 3 March 1925</ref>, presumably by William Cowan senior.
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1863 THE  Company  carrying  on  Business  as  Gas  Meter    Manufacturers in Edinburgh  and  Manchester, underthe  Firm  of  '''WILLIAM  &  BENJAMIN  COWAN''', of which  the  Subscribers are the  sole Partners,  has this day been DISSOLVED  by mutual  consent, by the  retirement of  Mr  [[Benjamin  Cowan]]. The continuing Partner, Mr  [[William Cowan (2)|William  Cowan]],  is authorised to  collect the  debts and discharge the liabilities  of the Company.<ref>.London Gazette 7 July 1863</ref>
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1864 of Buccleuch-street Works, Edinburgh (see advert)
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1870 William and Benjamin Cowan.<ref>The Scotsman - Friday 05 August 1870</ref>
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1887 Exhibited a 3-Light Wet Gas Meter with William Cowan’s Patent Syphon Overflow, and Warner and Cowan’s Patent Drum in Glass, showing all parts in action. 3-Light Dry Gas Meter, with glass sides, showing all parts in action. Automatic Pressure Changer. Photographic Pressure Register. Electric Recorder for station meter indexes.
  
 
1890 Established a leather department for gas meter diaphragms<ref>The Times, 2 July 1930</ref>.
 
1890 Established a leather department for gas meter diaphragms<ref>The Times, 2 July 1930</ref>.
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1900 On 16th November [[Parkinson and W. and B. Cowan]] was incorporated as a public company<ref>The Times, 5 May 1959</ref>, manufacturers of gas meters and other gas apparatus, being the amalgamation of 2 of the oldest firms in this business: [[W. and B. Cowan]] Ltd of London, Manchester, Edinburgh and New South Wales, and [[W. Parkinson and Co|W. Parkinson]] Ltd of London and Birmingham<ref>The Times, 3 March 1925</ref>.  
 
1900 On 16th November [[Parkinson and W. and B. Cowan]] was incorporated as a public company<ref>The Times, 5 May 1959</ref>, manufacturers of gas meters and other gas apparatus, being the amalgamation of 2 of the oldest firms in this business: [[W. and B. Cowan]] Ltd of London, Manchester, Edinburgh and New South Wales, and [[W. Parkinson and Co|W. Parkinson]] Ltd of London and Birmingham<ref>The Times, 3 March 1925</ref>.  
  
1937 '''Parkinson and Cowan (Gas Meters) Ltd''' - Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair.  Gas Apparatus for Measuring and Recording, including Tin and Iron  Meters, Optional Coin Meters, Rotary Meters, Station and Retort House Governors, Test Meters, Gauges, Meter Parts and Accessories.  (Stand Nos. Ca.703 and Ca.602)
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== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
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==Sources of Information==
 
==Sources of Information==
 
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* [[The Engineer]] of 2nd November 1894 p387
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* [[The Engineer 1894/11/02]] p387
 
* [[1937 British Industries Fair]] Page 352
 
* [[1937 British Industries Fair]] Page 352
  
 
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{{DEFAULTSORT: Cowan}}
 
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[[Category: Town - London]]
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[[Category: Electrical Engineering - Light]]
 
[[Category: Electrical Engineering - Light]]
 
[[Category: Gas, Water and Electricity Meters]]
 
[[Category: Gas, Water and Electricity Meters]]

Latest revision as of 16:37, 30 July 2020

1892 Badge found at Joseph Williamson's House site by The Friends of Williamson's Tunnels.
1864.
1888. Gas plate warming machine.

Gas meter makers, of Buccleuch-street Works, Edinburgh, of Dutton-street Works, Manchester, and Smith Square Works, Westminster, London.

Gas meter makers, of London, Manchester, Edinburgh and New South Wales (1925)

of Terminal House, Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1. Telephone: Sloane 0111. Telegraphic Address: "Disc, Sowest, London". (1937)

1825/7 Company founded[1], presumably by William Cowan senior.

1863 THE Company carrying on Business as Gas Meter Manufacturers in Edinburgh and Manchester, underthe Firm of WILLIAM & BENJAMIN COWAN, of which the Subscribers are the sole Partners, has this day been DISSOLVED by mutual consent, by the retirement of Mr Benjamin Cowan. The continuing Partner, Mr William Cowan, is authorised to collect the debts and discharge the liabilities of the Company.[2]

1864 of Buccleuch-street Works, Edinburgh (see advert)

1870 William and Benjamin Cowan.[3]

1887 Exhibited a 3-Light Wet Gas Meter with William Cowan’s Patent Syphon Overflow, and Warner and Cowan’s Patent Drum in Glass, showing all parts in action. 3-Light Dry Gas Meter, with glass sides, showing all parts in action. Automatic Pressure Changer. Photographic Pressure Register. Electric Recorder for station meter indexes.

1890 Established a leather department for gas meter diaphragms[4].

1894 W. and B. Cowan was exporting gas meters to NSW, Australia as early as 1894.

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Awarded Diploma of Honour for Lighting.

1900 On 16th November Parkinson and W. and B. Cowan was incorporated as a public company[5], manufacturers of gas meters and other gas apparatus, being the amalgamation of 2 of the oldest firms in this business: W. and B. Cowan Ltd of London, Manchester, Edinburgh and New South Wales, and W. Parkinson Ltd of London and Birmingham[6].


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 3 March 1925
  2. .London Gazette 7 July 1863
  3. The Scotsman - Friday 05 August 1870
  4. The Times, 2 July 1930
  5. The Times, 5 May 1959
  6. The Times, 3 March 1925