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A. G. Kurtz and Co

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A. G. Kurtz and Company, chemical manufacturers of St. Helens

1842 Andreas Kurtz had loaned money to Messrs Darcy and Dierden; against his own wishes Kurtz had to take over their alkali works at St Helens; Darcy tried to pretend that Kurtz had been a partner which Kurtz had to challenge in court.

1846 On the death of Kurtz, the works were run by his son Andrew George Kurtz.

The "Sutton Alkali Works" were well regarded for their arrangement and management amongst St Helens chemical works, and this continued for many years.

1853 Manufacturing chemist[1]

1887 A. G. Kurtz and Co won an action against P. Spence and Sons of Manchester restraining the latter from making threats about a patent relating to fixing colours on cloth and paper which both parties claimed to have originated[2].

1891 Incorporated in the United Alkali Co together with most of the other users of the Leblanc process.

1899 Fire and explosion in the chlorate house of the Kurtz Works of United Alkali Co followed by explosion at neighbouring Hardshaw Brook Chemical Works also owned by United Alkali; several workmen were killed and many injured[3].

1920 Works closed

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Sources of Information

  1. Gore's Directory of Liverpool and its Environs, 1853
  2. Liverpool Mercury, 22 December 1887
  3. The North-Eastern Daily Gazette, 13 May 1899