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Berry's Electric

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1950. agicoal Electric Fires.
December 1954.
?1950’s. Magicoal Electric Fires Unit Model 20. [1]
?1950’s. Magicoal Electric Fires Unit Model 20.[2]
Magicoal fire working in Bristol RI USA (2018).
Magicoal fire working in Bristol RI USA (2018) - Serial No. 752.
September 1953.
December 1960.

of Birmingham, Bletchley, of 86 Newman Street, London, W1, and of Wembley

1895 Company founded at Queen Victoria Street by Herbert Henry Berry.

1897 H. H. Berry started in business, with offices at 52 Queen Victoria Street, London EC[3].

1897 Opened Birmingham Works.

c1900 Berry acquired Suffolk Works, Oozells St, Birmingham where he started to manufacture electrical accessories

1904 Gained patents on electrical switchgear

1916 The first Magicoal Electric Fire was manufactured.

1917 Formed Berry's Electric Ltd; transferred patents to that company

1917 Patented the Magicoal fire

1920 Erected works at Hall Green

1922 Patent - Improvements relating to electric switches. [4]

1928 Berry's Electric (1928) Ltd was incorporated to acquire Berry's Electric Ltd including the 25 patents on Magicoal fires

1928 Became public company

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Domestic Heating, including Magicoal Plus and Haloberry Fires. Period and Modern Fireplace Surrounds and Interiors. Commercial and Domestic Water Heating. Self-contained Heaters and Circulator Types. Modern and Period Lighting fittings. Low Tension Heavy Switchgear. (Stand No. Cb.307) [5]

1938 Name changed

1956 Berry's Electric Magicoal Ltd, a public company, was formed to acquire Berry's Electric Ltd[6], makers of Magicoal electric fires and electric water heaters.

1961 Manufacturers of electric fires, heaters, water heaters, electric light fittings, electric switchgear.[7]

1969 United Gas Industries Ltd acquired Berry's Electric Magicoal Ltd[8].

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0
  1. photograph by P. Baldwin.
  2. photograph by P. Baldwin.
  3. The Times, 30 July 1928
  4. [1] Wikipatents
  5. 1937 British Industries Fair p334
  6. The Times, 5 March 1956
  7. * 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. The Times, 22 July 1969