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H. H. Vivian and Co

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Nov 1919.

of Icknield Port, Birmingham, and Swansea, metal refiners

1860 Established a mill for brass. Part of the Swansea family.

Henry Hussey Vivian introduced zinc-smelting at Morriston Works (Swansea), which had originally dealt with copper. He brought the trade and workmen from Germany[1].

1870s The production of metallic nickel was introduced into the Swansea district by Henry Hussey Vivian; the business was later known as H. H. Vivian and Co.

1883 The company was registered on 12 February, to take over the nickel and cobalt works at Swansea, German silver and brass rolling mills at Birmingham, and the nickel mine and smelting works at Senjen, Norway, of the firm of the same name.

1897 It was decided to re-construct and re-registration took place on 28 July. The Company was formed to acquire a smelting business at Swansea, a German silver and other metal manufacturing business at Taknield Port Road, Birmingham, and a business of warehousemen at George St, Birmingham[2].

1900 Smelting business at Swansea of H. H. Vivian and Co was sold to a new company Anglo-French Nickel Co[3].

1908 The Swansea portion of the business had been transferred to the Anglo-French Nickel Co. [4] The works at Hafod, dealing with nickel, were transferred to the Anglo-French Nickel Co, owned by Vickers, John Brown and Co, Cammell, Laird and Co (all of Sheffield), W. Beardmore and Le Nickel[5].

1925 Morriston Works ceased operations[6].


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Sources of Information

  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0
  1. The Basic Industries of Great Britain by Aberconway: Chapter IXX
  2. The Times, 1 June 1900
  3. The Times, 1 June 1900
  4. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  5. The Basic Industries of Great Britain by Aberconway: Chapter IXX
  6. The Basic Industries of Great Britain by Aberconway: Chapter IXX