Location: St. Helens, Lancashire
Pilkington's products are numerous, but they are included here because
of two: prismatic rolled glass (
toughened glass insulators.
The company was founded in 1826 as a partnership between members
of the Pilkington and Greenall families, based in St Helens, Lancashire.
The venture used the trading name of St Helens Crown Glass Company.
On the departure from the partnership of the last Greenall in 1845, the
firm became known as Pilkington Brothers. In 1894, the business was
incorporated under the Companies Act 1862 as Pilkington Brothers
Pilkington's history has been extensively documented, so I won't do
it again here. See:
Coat of Arms: The Pilkington arms consist of an argent
cross patonce voided gules. The Pilkington crest has a mower
with his scythe and has a legend that an ancestor of the family,
being sought at the time of the Norman Conquest, disguised himself
as a mower and escaped.
Now Thus, Now Thus:
The surname Pilkington was first found in Lancashire at Pilkington,
a township in the parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, hundred of
Salford. This distinguished Saxon family held a family seat in
Lancashire since before the Norman invasion, traditionally escaping
after the Battle of Hastings by posing as a thresher and hiding
in a barn under hay and the flail hit first on one side and then
the other, hence their motto 'Now thus, now thus' and the Family
Crest of a mower.
—House of Names,
which cites Mark Anthony Lowe's 1860 Patronymica Britannica,
A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom.
More images from Now Thus—Now Thus:
|The Pilkington Picture
||St. Helens, 1834
||Old Casting Hall, Ravenhead
|Plan of Works, 1848
||The Old First House
Cowley Hill Works
|Visit of the King and Queen, 1913
His Majesty Starting Up the New Turbine
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