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December 1907.
July 1949.

Sanitary engineers of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Scotswood-on-Tyne and later of Belfast.

1903 Formed by the Adams (twin) brothers

The business was originally established in York as Adams and Co making automatic cisterns and tanks which the proprietors themselves had invented.

1902 Adams and Co took over W. C. Gibson and Co of Scotswood and moved the sanitaryware arm of the business to Scotswood.

1903 A new company, Adamsez Ltd was incorporated, although W. C. Gibson continued to be operated separately until 1927.

The Gibson takeover included the Scotswood Fireclay Works and collieries which led Adamsez to diversify into firebrick manufacture under the name Scotswood Furnace Co, later Adams Pict Firebrick Co.

1949 Sanitary engineers and fireclay manufacturers of Scotswood-on-Tyne.

1972 Adamsez was purchased by James Lee, an American businessman, and although the company is still in operation, the link with the Adams family has ended.

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