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Gas meter makers, of Buccleuch-street Works, Edinburgh, of Dutton-street Works, Manchester, and Smith Square Works, Westminster, London.
Gas meter makers, of London, Manchester, Edinburgh and New South Wales (1925)
of Terminal House, Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1. Telephone: Sloane 0111. Telegraphic Address: "Disc, Sowest, London". (1937)
1825/7 Company founded, presumably by William Cowan senior.
1863 THE Company carrying on Business as Gas Meter Manufacturers in Edinburgh and Manchester, underthe Firm of WILLIAM & BENJAMIN COWAN, of which the Subscribers are the sole Partners, has this day been DISSOLVED by mutual consent, by the retirement of Mr Benjamin Cowan. The continuing Partner, Mr William Cowan, is authorised to collect the debts and discharge the liabilities of the Company.
Presumably the business was then known as William Cowan.
1864 of Buccleuch-street Works, Edinburgh (see advert)
1870 William and Benjamin Cowan.
1887 Exhibited a 3-Light Wet Gas Meter with William Cowan’s Patent Syphon Overflow, and Warner and Cowan’s Patent Drum in Glass, showing all parts in action. 3-Light Dry Gas Meter, with glass sides, showing all parts in action. Automatic Pressure Changer. Photographic Pressure Register. Electric Recorder for station meter indexes.
1890 Established a leather department for gas meter diaphragms.
1894 W. and B. Cowan was exporting gas meters to NSW, Australia as early as 1894.
1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Awarded Diploma of Honour for Lighting.
1900 On 16th November Parkinson and W. and B. Cowan was incorporated as a public company, manufacturers of gas meters and other gas apparatus, being the amalgamation of 2 of the oldest firms in this business: W. and B. Cowan Ltd of London, Manchester, Edinburgh and New South Wales, and W. Parkinson Ltd of London and Birmingham.