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Crown House

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1963 K. G. (Holdings), electrical and mechanical engineers, changed its name to Crown House Investments[1]

1964 Subsidiary F. H. Wheeler acquired Connaught Contractors (Send); Dema Glass acquired Jones and Co (Glass) importers and distributors of glassware[2]. Acquired Webb's Crystal Glass Co Ltd[3]

1967 Acquired Furse Group from Electrical and Industrial Securities[4]

1968 Acquired Richard Crittall (Holdings), heating and ventilation engineers[5]; formed a new subsidiary, Wheeler Crittall Berry, for the contracting companies that were part of the group[6]

1969 Renovated Webb's Industrial Estate in Walthamstow and let to Baird and Tatlock[7].

1969 Name changed to Crown House.

1970 Acquired National Electrical Supplies, a wholesaler[8]

1971 Sold ROM Equipment of Wembley to Brooks Ventilation Units[9]. Established a property and finance division[10]

1972 Sold Harris Engineering to Myson [11]

1973 Wheeler Crittall Berry was joined with Furse Installations to become Crown House Engineering, in Croydon, which would handle all the contracting activities[12]

Mid-1970s The Crown House Group acquired an interest in Denbyware Ltd

1981 Crown House gained control of Denbyware, renaming the business Denby Tableware Ltd.

1987 Coloroll acquired Crown House, particularly for its tableware activities which included Denby Stoneware, Thomas Webb and Edinburgh Crystal, George Butler cutlery and Dema Glass [13]. Coloroll planned to sell George Butler; the engineering division[14] was also sold to management[15]

1989 Tarmac acquired Crown House Engineering[16]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Thursday, Dec 12, 1963
  2. The Times, Monday, Apr 13, 1964
  3. The Times, Monday, Aug 17, 1964
  4. The Times, Monday, Jul 17, 1967
  5. The Times, Thursday, Oct 31, 1968
  6. The Times, Jan 21, 1969
  7. The Times, Monday, Apr 14, 1969
  8. The Times, Monday, Dec 21, 1970
  9. The Times, Wednesday, Aug 25, 1971
  10. The Times, Friday, Aug 18, 1972
  11. The Times, Wednesday, Apr 05, 1972
  12. The Times, Wednesday, Jan 03, 1973
  13. The Times, April 10, 1987
  14. The Times, May 21, 1987
  15. The Times, August 20, 1987
  16. The Times, November 16, 1989