William Sugg & Co

Early Photo Collection

These photographs were assembled in two albums dated October 1881 by Wm S.Wright. They illustrate many products and items such as glassware and were clearly the basis for many items within the general title of Publications. Early Photo Collection.

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Site Background & Header

The background to the site is a modern picture of Westminster, the ‘home’ of William Sugg for so many years. It was taken from the roof of The House of Lords during a visit by the Heritage Group of CIBSE in 2004 and centres on Westminster Abbey. The header carries a woodcut of ‘Vincent Works’, the Sugg factory, which might well have been visible from this vantage point. William used this on one of his letter heads. The first and oldest logo also shows the intimate connection with Westminster as it carries the Westminster portcullis with the inscription ‘en avant’ – ‘in advance’. The second logo replaced the earlier one around 1920 and was used right the way through the century until the ‘modern’ era when the ‘flame’ logo was applied to the new era of gas heating equipment with the new factory in Crawley.

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  1. hi,i don’t know if you are able to help me, my best friend has recently died and while i was clearing his builders yard i discovered buried in the undergrowth a cast iron lamp post,on it it had the name ” ALLEN 201 UPPER THAMES STREET LONDON” my friends widow is going to put this up in her front garden and would like to know if possible when it was made , i would be most grateful if you could help us,kind regards stuart.

    1. Stuart, if you look at the section on ‘Other Manufacturers’ you will see the list includes WT Allen of 203 Upper Thames Street as mentioned in the Journal of Gas Lighting of 9th Jan 1877 and also Turner and Allen of 201 Upper Thames Street as mentioned in the same technical journal 7 years earlier 27th Sept 1870. I am afraid neither of these entries have any detail except that they must be the same company and they also manufactured gas lanterns. All I can say is that your friends column is a genuine gas lamp post and could be as early as the 19th Century. If you want a suitable lamp – even an operating gas lamp – you could look at my old company’s website http://www.sugglighting.co.uk Regards, Chris

      1. hi Chris, thanks very much for taking the time to reply,it would be nice to replace the broken lamp with one looks like the original, i have just spent 2 days stripping off the old paint and underneath it is in remarkable condition,a real work of art,thanks again for your help, kind regards Stuart.

    1. Tony, at Sugg Lighting we stopped using putty altogether because it sets extremely hard and holds the glass so tightly that, especially with the larger burners, the extra heat can put the glass under considerable strain. We found that a thin foam seal worked very well and, with the copper tags it allows the glass the fractional movement to prevent stress. In William Sugg days they used to split the glass horizontally on Windsor lamps with 4 lt burners at the maximum temperature level and I suspect that was because the putty was holding the glass so tightly it had to be released somehow.

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