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Protector Lamp and Lighting Co

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April 1903.
Dec 1921.
August 1926.
October 1931.

Protector Lamp and Lighting Co Ducie-buildings, Bank Street, Manchester (1874); of Worsley, near Manchester (1882); of Eccles

1873 Registered as a public company[1].

1874 Advert for Teale's patent "Protector" colliery lamps, and new gas apparatus for collieries[2].

1882 Worsley premises destroyed by fire[3].

1883 Legal case that the company had stored oil in parts of the premises that were not fire proof, against the conditions of the insurance; the jury agreed with the plaintiffs (against the company) but the Judge did not approve and discharged the jury[4].

1883 Protector Lamp and Lighting Co Ltd formed Simplex Electric Light and Plant Co for purposes of purchasing certain rights and patents in electric arc and incandescent lighting exclusively throughout the UK; public offer of shares[5].

Verdict in favour of the plaintiffs upheld by High Court in London [6]. NB Mr Teale was managing director of the company.

1885 Protector Lamp and Lighting Co and Simplex Electric Light and Plant Co occupied adjacent stands at the Glasgow Mining Exhibition[7]. Protector showed a patented machine for making gas from oil for lighting purposes.

1885 A fire of serious dimensions broke out at the Monton, near Eccles, works of the company[8]

1886 The village of Lindsley near Worsley, and the mill which housed the company, was still deserted 3 years after the fire[9].

1901-1904 Built the Bijou 5hp single-cylinder automobile. Also made a fire-engine in 1901.1901-04 Produced 5-hp horizontal-engine light vans.[10]


1914 Mechanical and General Engineers, Enamellers, Brass and Iron Founders and Finishers, Merchants. Specialities: Miners' safety lamps and lamproom fittings, enamelled iron advertising signs, brass and iron castings for high-pressure engines, motor vehicle repairs in all branches. [11]

Post 1914 Successor company Protector Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Post 9 June 1873
  2. Western Mail 1 June 1874
  3. The Morning Post 23 August 1882
  4. Manchester Times 28 July 1883
  5. The Times, 8 December 1883
  6. Manchester Times 22 December 1883
  7. Glasgow Herald 31 August 1885
  8. Liverpool Mercury 3 December 1885
  9. Nottinghamshire Guardian 28 August 1885
  10. Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles. Edited by G. N. Georgano
  11. 1914 Whitakers Red Book