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East Lancashire Soap Co

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of Accrington

Producer of Dr. Lovelace's soap

c1844 James Hacking of Clayton-le-Moors commenced making soap

1864 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership theretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, James Hacking and John Henderson, as Soap Manufacturers, at Enfield, in the county of Lancaster, under the firm of the East Lancashire Soap Company, was dissolved...'[1]

1877 Creditors of the Rishton Paper Making and Staining Co. '...William Henry Hacking and Joshua Hacking, of Clayton-le Moors, in the county of Lancaster, Soap Manufacturers, carrying on business as Copartners, at Clayton-le-Moors aforesaid, under the style or firm of the East Lancashire Soap Company...'[2]

1824 Advert. 'It all smells sweet and clean'. Dr. Lovelace's Family Soap. East Lancashire Soap Co, Accrington.[3]

1933 Advert. 'Love-Flakes' (Dr. Lovelace's Flakes).[4]

1955 Capital reduction from £100,000 to £50,000.[5]

1965 Proposal to have the company wound up. '...and to receive the Liquidator's report, showing how the winding-up of the Company has been conducted and the property of the Company disposed of, and of hearing any explanation that may be given by the Liquidator...'[6]

1966 Part of Oxley Industries 'The East Lancashire Soap Company made a useful contribution to profits. In 1966 the Board intend moving machinery of Mansells and Passmill to a new factory in Bolton'[7]

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