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  • Brooks Thomas & Co. streetcar ads, 1928
    Brooks Thomas & Co. streetcar ads
    O'Connell St., Dublin, 1928

    Brooks Thomas & Co., Builders Providers, Sackville Place, 1972
    Brooks Thomas & Co., Builders Providers,
    Sackville Place, 1972 —Dublin City Council
    Banner, London [?-1892-?]
    • Edward Gregson Banner
      • Cranham Hall, Essex County [1854]
      • 11 Billiter Square, London [1879]
    • "Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between the undersigned, Elizabeth Hutton and Edward Gregson Banner, at No. 25, Watling-street, in the city of London, under the firm of W. B. Hutton & Sons, has been this day dissolved by mutual consent. All debts due to and from the firm will be received and paid by the said Edward Gregson Banner. —Dated this 12th day of November, 1852." —The Gazette
    • "Edward Gregson Banner & Sarah Caroline his wife v. John England; Francis Blake; William Newton; and Hawkesley Hall " —University of Houston, C78 1865
    • "Appellant: Owners of the barque Amelia. Respondent: John Banner and Edward Gregson Banner, both of 11 Billiter Sq, City of London, owners of the brig Susan Bayley. Subject: Collision between said vessels on 7 Oct 1872 Lower Court: High Court of Admiralty of England" —National Archives
    • Wholesome houses, an exposition of the Banner system of sanitation, 1882
    • UK 1885 patent No. 15138: "Securing coal hole plates", or long form "FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN MEANS FOR FASTENING OR SECURING COAL-HOLE-PLATES, OR PLATES OR COVERS FOR OPENINGS FOR LIGHTING AND VENTILATING PURPOSES"
    • Banner's Self-Fastening Coal Plates and Frames in Laxton's Builders' Price Book for 1892
  • Borough Engineering Works Ltd, Luton [?-1901-1936-?]
  • British Luxfer Syndicate Ltd, London [1898-1929]
  • Brooks Thomas & Co Ltd, Dublin
  • Cretestone Ltd
    • King's Bldgs, Lydney, Glos GL15 5HE
    Burt & Potts coal cover near Windsor Castle; · Peter Hughes, Flickr Burt & Potts ad, 1883
    Peter Hughes, Flickr
    "In the precinct of Windsor Castle"
  • Burt & Potts, 38 & 65, York St., Westminster [?-1843-1908-?]
  • M. Fitzgerald & Co., Dublin
  • General Luxfer Prism Company, Limited, [?-1900-1907]
  • Greener & Co, Sunderland [1885-1921]
    • Former Wear Flint Glass Works
    • 1858 Founded as [James] Angus and [Henry] Greener
    • 1869 Angus RIP; Renamed Henry Greener [Flint Glass Works?]
    • 1882 Greener RIP
    • 1885 Bought by James Augustus Jobling; Renamed Greener & Co.; New trademark
    • 1921 Produced PYREX; shortly renamed James A. Jobling and Company
    • 1973 Taken over by Corning
    • 1975 Renamed Corning Ltd
    • "From 1878, the company put more effort into making less intricate items such as pavement lights and slabs of glass and this was carried on by his son Edward until 1884." ...after 1887... "Soon, the company was producing over 600 domestic items in all colours, as well as commercial products, such as pavement lights and glasses and lenses for ships, railways, lighthouses, and tramcars." —Greener Pressed Glass
    • Henry Greener of the Wear Flint Glass WorksEnglish Pressed Glass
  • Wm Halford, 2, Wynatt Street, London E.C. ("And at: Warrington") [?-1886-?]
    Hammond Lane
    Hammond Lane Foundry Co Ltd pavement light
  • Hammond Lane Foundry Co Ltd, Dublin [?-1902-1963-?]
    • Pearse Street, No. 111A
    • "The Hammond"
    • "'Hammonds' of the Dublin. — Business revived by Scotsman David Frame in 1902. He gifted 86 acres of Bray Head for the development of public park in 1922 and eventually established Irish Steel in the 1930s." —Grace's Guide
    • "grants for equipment and expansion" —National Archives of Ireland
    • "Despite the evidence to the contrary, Dubliners were devoted to the notion that the city was being over-run by country people and foreigners, and were particularly devoted to the notion that migrants were displacing Dubliners in employment. ... If they faced opposition in the city, that opposition was not confined merely to the streets, but also surfaced in political debate. In March 1907, a speaker at a meeting of Dublin Corporation complained that the Hammond Lane Foundry employed "only Scotsmen and niggers". In reply the manager pointed out that the workforce was comprised of 87 Irishmen, 15 Scots and one American, and that the employment of the foreigners was the consequence of the lack of specialist skills in the local labour market."National Archives of Ireland
    • "''Lissadell'' was sold in working order to Hammond Lane Foundry in 1954 and survived until broken up at Manorhamilton in 1957." —SLNCR Leitrim class [locomotives], Wikipedia
    • "The Hammond Lane foundry, which was chosen by the de Chastelain Commission as one of the suitable locations for decommissioning of terrorist guns." —Caption, Rusting Cistern, Greg Clarke, Flickr
    • "The last foundry to operate in Ringsend was Hammond Land Foundry. The firm is still in the area, and since 1898 has become one of the biggest metal recycling works in Ireland, but there is no foundry anymore. Evidence of this famous foundry can still be found on lamp posts and manhole covers in the area." —Four Sisters, Kurt Kullmann
    • "The Irish Builder, 25 March 1916. For some insight into one Dublin foundry in this period see National Library; P. 1920; B. Murphy, The Hammond Lane Foundry Co. Ltd 1902-1952 (Dublin, 1952)" —Ireland and the Industrial Revolution
    • "Repercussions were felt within twenty-four hours. The first major victim was the Hammond Land Foundry in Pearse Street, the country's largest. One day after the ban went into effect, the company announced that it would be forced to close down, and put some two hundred employees out of work. The cause was the lack of coke for the furnaces. The news sent shock waves through the country's industrial landscape. It was the first complete closing of any major industry since the fuel shortage began in the early stages of the Second World War." —Ireland's Arctic Siege of 1947
  • Hamilton & Co., London
    • Rd No 3,859, "Transmitting Light into Apartments", dated October 1, 1878 to Frederick Hamilton & Frederick Alma Hamilton
    • Court case against the Hamiltons patent infringement heard before High Court (judgement with costs entered for Hayward Brothers) [1879]
    • Award to "Hamilton & Co., Leadenhall Street, E.C., for Prismoidal Pavement and Floor Lights" [Croydon, 1879?] —The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health. 1886; 7: 417-423
    • Fading of the LightTwo Years at Margaret Street:
      • "Hamilton & Co. engineers & metal merchants, 17, Fenchurch St, EC" —1882 London PO Directory
      • "Hamilton & co. pavement light mnfrs, 101, Leadenhall St, EC" —Morris's 1884 Business Directory
  • Hayward Brothers, London
  • John Healey Ltd, London
  • Thaddeus Hyatt, London
    • Farringdon Rd., Near Charterhouse St., London, E.C. (1878)
    • Hyatt's Improved Patent Pavment Lights ad, 1878 Laxton's Price Book
    • Hyatt's Improved Patent Encaustic Tile and Lens Lights / Roadway Lights, Pavement Lights, / Flap-Doors in Guttered Frames, / to prevent leakage, / Floor Lights. / Aquarium Lights, / Tank Lights, Ceiling Lights. / Safe Walking Illuminating Surfaces. / Thaddeus Hyatt, / Ornamental Roof-Maker, / patentee & manufacturer of / Load-Bearing, Fire-Proof / Ceiling-Floors.
  • Improved Pavement Light Company Ltd [?-1906-?]
    • Rd No. 48677
    • Lightwells and their variants —Faded London
    • "...Companies Registered during the Year ended the 31st December 1906...": Improved Pavement Light Company, Ltd: Date of Registration, 3 Aug; Nominal Amount: £12,000; Nominal Amount of each Share: £1; Issued or to be issued otherwise than for Cash: Nominal Amount, 7,000, Considered as paid up, 7,000; Issued subject to Payment in Cash: 2,500" —Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command, Volume 76
    A. J. Lely & Son
    A. J. Lely & Son pavement light/paperweight
    Promotional Light

    A. J. Lely & Son pavement light panel
    Pavement Light Panel
    Faded London: Lightwells
    and their variants
  • J. A. King & Co, Ltd, London
  • A. J. Lely & Son, 12 Railway Approach, London [?-1894-1900-?]
    • Lely's Semi-Prism Lights
    • This pavement light turned into a promotional item is etched "A. J. Lely & Son / Pavement Light / Manufacturers / 12 Railway Approach / London Bridge". Embossed on the glass is "LELY'S No 152" and "LONDON".
    • Queensland PO Directory 1894-95 (Wise): "Lely & Son's Prismatic Lights".
    • New Zealand's 1898 Index to Commercial Prospectuses: "Pavement light manufacturers". —World Vital Records
    • New Zealand PO Directory 1898-99 (Wise): "A. J. LELY & SON, Engineers. 12, RAILWAY APPROACH, LONDON BRIDGE, S.E. Manufacturers of all descriptions."
    • Queensland PO Directory 1900 (Wise): "A. J. Lely and Sons' Prismatic Lights".
    • Faded London has a photo of an iron pavement light panel with rectangular lenses; the frame is embossed "LELY'S SEMI PRISM LIGHTS".
    • Another panel is shown at ipernity, taken "Finsbury, London EC1, 15 April 2015. (image 3119)".
    • Another panel at ipernity is embossed "LELY'S SEMI-PRISM LIGHTS, 12 RAILWAY APPROACH, LONDON S.E." and "LELY'S CLIMAX LIGHTS"
    • Another panel at Street Furniture Miscellany
    • I have a battered promo pavement light for trade; pictured right is my new upgrade.
  • Lenscrete, London [?-1959-1967] (acquired by Luxfer Pavement Lights Ltd)
  • Luxfer Ltd, London [1929-1940-?]
  • Mackenzie & Moncur Ltd, Balcarres Street, Edinburgh, "c.1850's - 1970's ?"
  • MacLean & Co., 145 Bath Street, Glasgow
    Marshall & Hatch
    1886 Marshall & Hatch's ad from Laxton's Price Book
    1886 Laxton's Price Book
    MacLean & Co.
    MacLean & Co. pavement light, Peter Hughes, Flickr
    Peter Hughes, Flickr

    MacLean & Co. pavement light, andy a, Flickr
    andy a, Flickr
    • 30 Albert Street, Manchester
    • W. Magson, Midhurst Road, Benton, Newcastle
  • Marshall & Hatch, 74 to 80, Bingfield Street, York Road, King's Cross, London [?-1886-?]
  • Patent Pavement Light Company Ltd, London [1886-1916?]
    • 181, Queen Victoria Street, F.C.
    • "Company No: 22200; Patent Pavement Light Company Ltd. Incorporated in 1886. Dissolved before 1916" —National Archives
    • "There is to be seen here a dioptrical lens (Wilson's patent), in which instead of a plane reflector, a convex is adopted, by which it is claimed that a greater diffusion of light is obtained. A comparative test is given showing in the one case the reflection of the light in a direct focus whilst in the convex form the rays of light are diffused equally over the whole area." —The British Architect, V25, 1886
  • Pavement Light Co. [?-1884-?]
    • "In Hayward v. Pavement Light Co. (r), the plaintiffs were owners of a patent for "Improvements in Pavement Lights," having for its object lights so constructed as to divert the rays of light in an inclined direction into the rooms which it is desired to light, by using glass moulded to as to consist of an angle or series of angles. The defendants used lights of glass moulded in the shape of a curve; it was held, that the defendants had infringed." —The Law and Practice of Letters Patent for Inventions, 1897
  • Sloan & Davidson, Leeds
  • St Pancras Iron Work Co., London, [1854-1916]
  • Tonge & Taggart Ltd, Dublin [1869-1976-?]
    • "Tonge and Taggart of Windmill Lane, the South City Foundry at 41 Bishop St. and, latterly, East Wall. 1869 Company established. Famed today for its manhole covers, inscribed with the company name and/or the logo 'Cast in the South City Foundry'." —Grace's Guide
    • "Registered under identification number 6016, Tonge & Taggart Limited was an Irish company ("private" type) that had been on the market since 04 October 1907 until it was dissolved. The company was situated at East Wall Road, Dublin 8. The last time company statutory accounts data was received was on 28 November 1984." —Datafic (whai.ie)
    • "My great, great, great (I think I have that right) grandfather founded Tonge & Taggart. The Taggart side died off and my uncle Claude, Thomas (Max) my father's brother was the last managing director before it and the group Tonge McLaughlin Holdings was sold to the Smurfit Group. The original Tonge (father of the above) started in the coachbuilding business in Little or Great Brittan Street in Dublin. We beleive that we had come over from Yorkshire around the 1800's. A Thomas Tonge had married an Ellan Maxfield (my father's name). It is thought that they had arrived in Yorkshire from France with the Huguenots (possibly coachbuilders) some two hundred years before." Kieron Tonge on genealogy.com
    • "I am formally June Tonge. My father Arthur worked in Tonge & Taggart (Iron founders) as a patternmaker from when he was 17 till 63 in 1984. The firm started in 1869 in Bishop Street in Dublin. Then in 1884 approx. it moved to Windmill Lane (now music studios). His cousin Claude was managing director until he died 1969. My dad's father, William, was a patternmaker then he was manager. Other members of the family worked there also. My father says he never knew of any Taggarts while he was there. I think they parted early in the business but the name stuck."June Comiskey on genealogy.com
    • Tonge & Taggart and the World Beneath Our Feet
  • UNILUX Pty Limited
  • H. Wilson & Co, London [?-1889-1897-?]
  • George Wright, Rotherham [?-1903-1914-?]