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J. S. Willway and Sons

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Radiator valve at Tyntesfield, North Somerset

1895-1899 Business address: Drawbridge, Bristol

1899-1903 Business address: St Augustine's Parade, Bristol

The above information is from the Lucerna Magic Lantern website.

Maker of the 'Gwyer' gas light, suited to oxy-hydrogen lights for cinematographs [1]

Photo of 1895 'improved Pendant Saturator' (Saturateur oxyéthérique) for cinematographs here [2]. 'Le saturateur 'Pendant' est plus particulièrement en usage en Angleterre pour les projections cinématographiques .... Ce carburateur oxyéthérique s'emploie à l'extérieur des lanternes, et peut se fixer au mur ou à tout autre endroit, à une certaine distance de l'appareil.' Distributed in France by Maison de la Bonne Presse, 5 rue Bayard, Paris.

1899 Bicycle retailers

Electrical and gas engineers.

1913 Extension to store 100 cars.[3]

The business was founded by John Sweet Willway (c.1826-1914). For more information about the Willway family, see here.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'The Beginnings Of The Cinema In England, 1894-1901: Volume 1: 1894-1896' by John Barnes, University of Exeter Press, 1976
  2. [2] Catalogue des appareils cinématographiques de la Cinémathèque française et du CNC - saturateur oxyéthérique
  3. The Autocar 1913/03/29
  4. [3] Captain John Willway Phillips, Master Mariner of Bristol, by Deborah and Peter Klein, 2008, Revised July 2009