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Liver Alkali Works

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Liver Alkali Works, chemical manufacturers, of Lightbody Street, Widnes


  • 1876 Mr Thomas Stead, managing director of Liver Alkali Works, died after mistakenly drinking carbolic acid[1].
  • 1884 Liver Alkali Co Ltd was registered as a public joint stock company as a reconstruction of the Liver Alkali Works Company which was in voluntary liquidation[2].
  • 1888 Mr T Robinson, who was a director of the company as well as of the Atlas Chemical Co was to be a director of the British Patent Portland Cement Co Ltd[3] which was being formed to purchase the rights to a new type of Portland cement made from caustic lime mud to the patent of Mr John S. Rigby and build works at Widnes and St. Helens[4].
  • 1891 Incorporated in United Alkali Co together with other Leblanc process operators.


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Sources of Information

  1. Liverpool Mercury, 12 June 12 1876
  2. The Morning Post, 25 August 1884
  3. Birmingham Daily Post, 28 September 1888
  4. Liverpool Mercury, 28 September 1888