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Daniel Spill and Co

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After the closure of the Xylonite Co in 1874, Daniel Spill started the company at a different site in Homerton to make Parkesine, otherwise known as Xylonite.

1877 June 13th. The British Xylonite Co was incorporated when it took over the business of Messrs Daniel Spill, H. J. Leigh Bennett and A. D. Mackay at 124 High Street, Homerton, in London's east end. In the same year, the Homerton Manufacturing Co was established next door in 122 High Street, Homerton. The object of the latter firm was to manufacture various articles from the cellulose nitrate sheet made by the British Xylonite Co.

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Sources of Information

  • Archives of the British chemical industry, 1750-1914: a handlist. By Peter J. T. Morris and Colin A. Russell. Edited by John Graham Smith. 1988.