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William Bailey and Son

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of Horseley Fields Chemical Works, Wolverhampton, manufacturing chemists.

1828 Business established by William Bailey.

William Bailey apparently set himself up in business as a wholesale chemist and druggist

1849 Bailey erected chemical works on the Horseley Fields site.

1861 A lease refers to a "chloride of gold laboratory".

c.1866 The firm became William Bailey & Son

1870 Bailey still described himself as a wholesale chemist as late as 1870.

By 1886, William Bailey had died leaving the firm in the hands of his son Vincent.

1914 Claimed to be the oldest-established firm of Brewers' Chemists

By 1959 had been renamed as William Bailey & Son (Wolverhampton) Limited. Products included Bisulphides and sulphites of lime, soda, magnesia and potash; brewers' chemicals; anti-fouling chemicals; cement and concrete colours; “Cuprite” spray for potatoes, vines and fruit trees; food and fruit preservatives; etc.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • 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.