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J. C. Gostling and Co

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Mining and ore extraction in Northfleet.

John Cubitt Gostling was owner of a Thames-side Cement Works

1873 Collapse of a chimney at the cement works being constructed for J. C. Gostling and Co at Northfleet; 6 workmen died in the incident; Mr Blagburn, an experienced builder of such shafts, was contracted to build the chimney, initially on a fixed price contract but later worked on a labour-only basis when the height of the chimney was increased greatly as a result of public pressure; James Cubitt was the architect for the project; the coroner decided the workmen's deaths were due to accident[1]. There continued to be disputes about the cause of the accident[2]

1880 William Tingey sublet land just south of the Phoenix works at Frindsbury to John Cubitt Gostling, who later formed the Globe Portland Cement and Whiting Co. Ltd.

Due to quarrying disputes at Frindsbury, Gostling barged 1,021 tons of chalk from his other quarries between 30th November 1893 and 7th February 1894. (There is a possibility that he was forced to do this owing to a fire on 22nd June 1893 which destroyed three-quarters of the Medway works.)

1895 the works were purchased by John Bazely White and Brothers. Ltd., owners of the giant Swanscombe Works on the Thames.

1900 Acquired by Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Oct. 21, 1873
  2. Letters in The Engineer 1873/11/21
  • [1] Frindsbury Cement Works