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W. Hunt and Sons of Wednesbury

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W. Hunt and Sons, of Leabrook, Wednesbury, chemical manufacturers

Soda manufacturer, using the Leblanc process.

William Hunt had worked for the British Alkali Works at Stoke Prior (of William Gossage).

1851 Following Gossage's establishment of business at Widnes, Hunt set up his own alkali and sulphuric acid works at Wednesbury

1863 Hunt (or perhaps his sons) also established alkali manufacture as Hunt Brothers' Aire and Calder Chemical Works, at Castleford in Yorkshire.

1898 W. Hunt and Sons amalgamated with a similar firm of long standing, Oldbury Alkali Co, chemical and cement manufacturers, to become Chance and Hunt. Alexander M. Chance became chairman. The company was registered on 23 March to take over the businesses of the Oldbury Alkali Co, and W. Hunt and Sons, with works at Oldbury, in Worcestershire and Wednesbury in Staffordshire[1]; a public offer was made of the shares[2].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The Times, 21 May 1898
  • Archives of the British chemical industry, 1750-1914: a handlist. By Peter J. T. Morris and Colin A. Russell. Edited by John Graham Smith. 1988.