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William Sugg and Co

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Early manhole cover in Exeter, bearing the words 'William Sugg, Gas Engineer, Westminster. Patent Public Lamp Meter'
March 1903.
December 1906.
September 1913.
April 1935.
October 1952.
1953. Portable Screen Gas Fire.

Sugg's patents of Vincent Works, Regency Street, Westminster, London, SW

1837 Company established by William Sugg.[1]

1841 Sugg, Pywell and Co, gas meter manufacturers, were at 19 & 20 Marsham St, London[2]

1860 Death of William Sugg, gas meter manufacturer, of Marsham Street.

1881 Public company. Incorporated as a limited company. The company was registered on 30 June, to take over the business of Mr. Sugg as inventor, constructor and vendor of gas-burning appliances. [3]

1911 Sugg and Co exhibited a gas calorimeter, at the Physical Society's Exhibition[4]

1914 Engineers. Specialities: incandescent gas burners, lamps and lights, gas cooking stoves, gas testing apparatus, iron and brass founding. Employees 430. [5]

1961 Engineers and manufacturers of lighting, heating, cooking and ventilating apparatus, including "Halcyon" selective air heating system and "Queen Convectair" gas fires. [6]

1969 Thorn Electrical Industries acquired the company, mainly for its central heating interests[7]


Contributor FG on 9th November 2011 writes: I went to work at Suggs of Regency Street when I was 14 in 1935 and stood at a row of lathes fed by belts from a long overhead drive shaft but had to leave after a few months because brass filings used to get into my clothing and then eventualy into my skin causing scratching all day

See Also


Sources of Information

  2. 1841 Directory
  3. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  4. The Times, Dec 20, 1911
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  6. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  7. The Times , Aug 21, 1969