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Prentice's Gun Cotton Works, of Stowmarket.
1856 Business founded
1871 Explosion at Stowmarket Works. 
1891 The company was registered on 4 August, to acquire the business of chemical manufacturers of the firm of the same name.
1929 In response to deterioration in the business climate, Packard and James Fison (Thetford) Limited amalgamated with 2 East Anglian competitors Joseph Fison and Co and Prentice Brothers (founded 1856); the resultant company was named Fison, Packard and Prentice Ltd..