Spencer Chapman & Messel Chemical Works

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"1872 William Stevens Squire (1834–1906) of Dunn, Squire and Co, initially at Stratford in Essex, formed the company Squire, Chapman & Co. with Mr Spencer Chapman, premises at North Woolwich Rd, Silvertown, as makers of sulphuric acid[1]. Squire took his assistant Rudolph Messel with him to the new business. Messel developed a process for the manufacture of fuming sulphuric acid, which was in great demand as a raw material in the dyestuffs industry. The key to the process was the combination of pure sulphur dioxide and oxygen gases using a platinized pumice catalyst. The process was patented by Squire in 1875."

I can't really find any information on when they stopped manufacturing at this location. According to the Times, after the merger sometime in 1964-1966 to form Berk Spencer Acids, a new works was going to be built at Stratford.




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Oleum, Sulphuric Acid, Hydrochloric Acid, Nitric Acid, Battery Acid

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From To Owner
1872 1878 Squire, Chapman & Co
1878 1899 Chapman, Messel and Co
1899 1965 Spencer Chapman & Messel Ltd


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