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Saturday, 8 August 2009

19th chemists in Hackney and Greenwich

Crow was not alone in his move to a new site in the 1850s. A number of manufacturers set up in new areas from the middle of the century. They went predominately to East Greenwich, Rainham and Hackney Wick. James Forbes is a good example. He patented a new way of making sulphate of ammonia in 186578 and this was adopted at his chemical works at Iceland Wharf, Old Ford where he was in partnership with Abbott and Lennard. The company later moved to the Greenwich peninsula where their sites were eventually taken over by South Metropolitan Gas Company - from whom they had bought liquor for many years.

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