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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
    • Banner's Self-Fastening Coal Plates and Frames in Laxton's Builders' Price Book for 1892
  • Borough Engineering Works Ltd, Luton [?-1901-1936-?]
  • W. Brass, jun., London [?-1833-?]
  • British Luxfer Syndicate Ltd, London [1898-1929]
  • British Prismatic Light Ltd, London [?-1904-1905-?]
    • "BRITISH PRISMATIC LIGHT LTD., London; manufacturers of Maximum Light Glass, a combination of Lense and Prismatic projections; sole agents, Currie & Co. Ltd., 4 North St David street; Telegraph, 'Cement, Edinburgh'; Telephone 133 & 178; Depóts, Heriothill, Scotland st.. and Morrison street stations, Edinburgh; Tower st. and Junction Bridge station, Leith" —Post Office Edinburgh and Leith directory · 1904-1905
  • Brooks Thomas & Co Ltd, Dublin
  • Burt & Potts, Westminster [?-1843-1908-?]
    H. Chappell & Co. coal cover
    H. Chappell & Co.
    coal cover
    The Pencross Shop
  • H. Chappell & Co., London
  • Cretestone Ltd
    • King's Bldgs, Lydney, Glos GL15 5HE
  • 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") [?-1886-1901-?]
    Hammond Lane
    Hammond Lane Foundry Co Ltd pavement light
  • 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
    • "HAMILTON AND CO., Harrowgate Road, E. The prismoidal lights of this firm are well known, the lenses being made to reflect the light at different angles, whilst sectional convex lenses fixed between the prismoidal ones radiate the light vertically. The application of these lights to practical uses is exhibited in a great variety of ways, and very excellent methods of adjusting heavy pavement lights, cellar flaps, etc., by equilibrium and rolling motions with the minimum amount of physical exertion, and without damage to the lights, are also shown." —The British Architect, Volume 25, April 9, 1886
    • 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
    • Hamilton's patent prismAn Encyclopaedia of Architecture, Historical, Theoretical, & Practical, 1891
  • 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
    Howard, Sons & Parsons coal cover
    Howard, Sons & Parsons
    manhole cover
    Jassy-50, Flickr

    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
  • Hayward Brothers, London
  • John Healey Ltd, London
  • Howard, Sons and Parsons, London [?-1908-1914-?]
  • 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
  • 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".
    • Builders' Price Book for 1903
    • 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"
    • 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-?]
  • Maximum Light Window Glass Ltd, London [?-1905-1906-?]
    • "Maximum Light Window Glass Ltd., London; manufacturers of maximum light glass, a combination of lens and prismatic projections; agents, Currie & Co. Ltd., 4 North St David street; Telegraph, 'Cement'; Telephone, 273 and 274; Depôts, Heriothill, Scotland Street, and Morrison St. stations, Edinburgh; Tower Street and Junction Bridge station, Leith" —Post Office Edinburgh & Leith Directory · 1905-1906
  • 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
    • "Patent Pavement Light Company, Limited. On the 16th inst, this company was registered with a capital of £6000, in £1 shares, to acquire and work the letters patent granted to Robert Wilson for the improvement in lenses for pavement reflectors, deck lights, and other like uses. The subscribers are:—
      Hy. Harker, 37, Walbrook, public accountant 25 Shares
      E. James, 11, Staple-inn, surveyor 25
      T. Wilson, Wallsend 25
      S. Lowe, 182, Strand, journalist 20
      T. Teasdale, 11, King William-street, iron merchant 25
      J. H. Biddles, 23, Brixton-road, clerk 10
      Wm. Young, 26, Southwark-street, hardware merchant 10
      Registered without special articles." —The Engineer, Volume 61, Feb. 26, 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
  • R. H. & J. Pearson, London [1840s-1940]
  • Pilkington Brothers Ltd, St Helens, Lancashire [c.1826-present]
  • St Pancras Iron Work Co., London [1854-1916]
  • Sloan & Davidson, Carrick Foundry, Stanningley, Leeds [?-1890-1925-?]
    • Incorporated 1905
    • "Architectural, Sanitary, and General Ironfounders"
    • "Pavement Lights and Stall Board Lights"
    • Telephone: 32, STANNINGLEY; Telegraphic Address: "CASTINGS," STANNINGLEY
    • Leeds Warehouse: 58, WELLINGTON STREET; Telephone: 2199, LEEDS.
    • Bought by J. & J.W. Longbottom Ltd; still in operation
    Sloan &

    Sloan & Davidson trademark
    Trade Mark
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  • Stangate Glass Works, Lambeth, London [?-1840s-?]
    • See Christy's coal plate
    • "Very little is known about the glassworks of J. F. Christy at Lambeth. Surviving examples attributable to his firm all date from the late 1840s, when he was producing painted opaline glass in the manner of Richardson's of Stourbridge, who were the leading producers of painted glass at this time. Like Richardson's, he produced ornamental wares inspired by Greek vases and by contemporary French opaline glass." —British Museum
    • "Mr. Christy, of the Stangate glass-works, having kindly contributed a series of specimens of the actual materials employed in the manufacture of flint-glass, as used for phials, chemical vessels, barometer and thermometer tubes, &c., as well as of the glass itself in the successive stages of the process, that process was detailed. The materials, essentially, are silica, in the form of fine sand, from Lynn, in Norfolk, or from the tertiary strata of Alum Bay, in the Isle of Wight; potash, in the form of pearlash; or soda, in that of purified soda-ash; and protoxide of lead, in the form of litharge; red-lead being sometimes employed, in which case a portion of oxygen gas is liberated during the process. The result of the intimate mixture and complete fusion of these materials, together with a portion of broken glass of the same description, for about forty-eight hours, is flint-glass." —Abstract of a Lecture on the Nature and Physical History of Glass
  • Tonge & Taggart Ltd, Dublin [1869-1988]
    Young & Marten
    Young & Marten
  • UNILUX Pty Limited
  • H. Wilson & Co, London [?-1889-1897-?]
  • George Wright, Rotherham [?-1903-1914-?]
  • Young & Marten, Ltd. Stratford, London [1884-?]