Construction at Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

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Date:9th of June 1976

Description:The new Frit Department building under construction at Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell.

The manufacture of underglaze colours in Cresswell began in 1870, when a small works was set up by Pigott and Scarratt, pharmaceutical chemists. But it was not until it was taken over by Fred Wildblood in 1908 that the works expanded. He put his son Cecil in charge, invested in new technology and took full advantage of the adjacent railway. By 1914 Blythe Colour Works was one of the most advanced and successful of its kind in Europe. The company became public in 1936 and shortly afterwards, in 1938, a new office block was built. A new laboratory block followed in 1955 and a new pigment works block in 1957. The Works was acquired by Johnson Matthey in 1963 who owned it until its closure in 2015.


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1910s
Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell
Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

An illustration of the Blythe Colour Works dating from the early 20th century. The ...

1920s
The Wildblood family, Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell
The Wildblood family, Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

Frederick Wildblood (seated) was the founder and owner of the Blythe Colour Works ...

1950s
Sales leaflet, Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell
Sales leaflet, Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

A leaflet introducing Blythe Colour Works' Assistant Sales Representative Maurice ...

1970s
Visitors from Japan, Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell
Visitors from Japan, Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

Pictured at the Blythe Colour Works site are S. Hayashi (Hayashi and Co. Ltd, Japan) ...

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Source: Mr Ian Procter

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