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British Foreign and Colonial Automatic Light Controlling Co

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of Bournemouth (1911)

of 63 Victoria Street, Bristol

1905 The company was registered on 30 November, to take over the goodwill of the Automatic Light Controlling Co, including the entire British, foreign and colonial patents and rights in respect of John Gunning's inventions, "for lighting and extinguishing all descriptions of gas lamps at a predetermined time or predetermined times, and for improvements in apparatus for opening and closing electric circuits at predetermined times." [1]

1906 Automatic Light Controlling Co was voluntarily wound up; John Gunning, engineer, 100 Holdenhurst Road was appointed liquidator.

1911 The Board of Trade approved time controllers for electric lights based on the company's approved design[2]

1932 Patent with John Robert White Gunning and Charles Albert Duke George on improvements in automatic controllers for gas valves, switches, etc.

1934 Patent with John Robert White Gunning on apparatus for opening and closing taps at predetermined times.

1939 Reduction of capital[3]

By 1953 Owned by Suchy Holdings. Maker of time switches, clockwork and electric controllers, and aircraft oxygen regulators and equipment.

By 1964 the name seems to have been shortened to Automatic Light Controlling Co; the registered office was still 100 Holdenhurst Road when the company applied for a winding up order on Fume-O-Dor Ltd[4]

1974 Name changed to Chemring Ltd[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. London Gazette 19 December 1911
  3. London Gazette 10 November 1939
  4. The London Gazette 10 March 1964
  5. The Times, Jul 27, 1974