William Sugg & Co

Continuous Updraught Ventilators

Following a comment from a researcher that the ‘Liverpool Mercury’ 4 Sept 1890 stated that “Messrs.William Sugg and Co. exhibited a patent apparatus for ventilating stables, ships, &c. The ventilator, which allows no down-draught, has been tried upon the Wallasey boat Violet, and is about to receive a trial from the Mersey Railway Company.” The author of the comment wondered if I had any information on these ventilators which I have now added to the only other section on Ventilation which relates to the older Sun Lights or Sunburners. Although these Updraught Ventilators do NOT use a gas flame to achieve ventilation they are sometimes used in conjunction with sun burners hence I have decided to retain them in the Ventilating Lamps & Sun Burners section.

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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.

One Response

  1. Hi Chris,

    I trust you are keeping well,
    Well done for keeping this important part of our heritage alive.
    You may remember me Peter Diamond of Pudsey Diamond Engineering Ltd.

    I have become involved in heritage lighting by accident really.
    Having been challenged with a job on the Sheffield Sewer Lanterns by a contractor involved in the PFI. We developed an LED unit that fits in a gas mantle.
    Is there any chance you could ring me. 07720580601

    Peter D..

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