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Alexander Duckham and Co

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of Phoenix Wharf, West Ferry Road, Millwall, London, E (1914)

of Duckham House, 16 Cannon Street, London, EC4

1899 Company established by Alexander Duckham after leaving Fleming's Oil Co.

1904 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Oil and chemical manufacturers. Specialities: oils and insulating materials, patent oil separator; have patented a system of electrical main laying. [1] - see Duckhams

c.1920 Public company incorporated[2]

1921 Moved from Millwall to Hammersmith

1932 Introduction of Adcoids, corrosion inhibitor

1933 Advert: Duckhams N.P.5 (Aero) oil was the only lubricating oil recommended by M. G. Car Co[3].

1937 Manufacturers of petroleum products. "Aero New Process" Oils. [4]

1945 Death of Alexander Duckham who was succeeded by his son Jack

Early 1950s Introduction of the first multi-grade lubricating oil Q20-50.

1962 Legal action by neighbours in Fulham because of smell said to be arising from the plant[5] but case dismissed with costs[6]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Oils. [7]

First to introduce a multi-grade engine oil, Q20-50[8].

1967 Was the largest independent lubricating oil company in the U.K and 3rd largest supplier of engine oil to motorists. To cope with substantial increase in demand for motor oil, were planning a new factory in the Midlands that would be paid for by issue of debentures and shares[9].

1967 Demand for lub oil had been affected by the increase time between services - up from 2000 miles in 1957 to 5000-6000 miles in 1967[10].

1968 New manufacturing plant opened at Aldridge, Staffs[11].

1969 BP acquired the company[12].

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Times, 14 April 1967
  3. The Times, 27 October 1933
  4. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. The Times, 27 June 1962
  6. The Times, 17 July 1962
  7. 1963 Motor Show
  8. The Times, 13 March 1968
  9. The Times, 14 April 1967
  10. The Times, 9 October 1967
  11. The Times 30 October 1968
  12. The Times, 18 December 1969