4 thoughts on “1891 Bigsby article

  1. Gillian

    Very interesting. I am researching Sydney Bigsby who lived in Fresham Surrey in 1881. The census refers to Mr Bigsby’s varnish factory. Could you tell me more about their sources of oil,? I assume Frensham provided oil from the numerous pines around here. What I also assume to be Sydney’s son, another Sydney, was born in russia. did they surce oil from Russia as well?
    I hope you can help.
    Gillian devine

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    1. Mitcham Historian Post author

      I don’t know, sorry. i thought that in 1891 this varnish factory, along with others around Mitcham, would be using coal tar from the Mitcham Gas Works instead of oil.

      Have a look at the post on Blume’s factory. When it was seized in 1916 its stock was auctioned off, and the list of chemicals sold may give some clues.

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    1. Mitcham Historian Post author

      Use the Search box on this website and enter ‘Blume’ – the post is titled ‘Charles H. Blume’, and has source references in it and includes transcripts from council minutes held at the Merton Local Studies Library.

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