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James Pain and Sons, Ltd.

Firework factory, off east side of Acacia Road, that came to Mitcham in 1872. The company was taken over by the British Match Corporation in 1960 and transferred its factory to Salisbury.

1952 OS map

The Eastfields Housing Estate was built on the site. The roads were named Clay Avenue, Moore Close, Mulholland Close, Pains Close, Potter Close and Thrupp Close.

Clip from Merton Memories Mit_Work_Industry_6-3 copyright London Borough of Merton.

The offices were at Renshaw Corner until after WW1.

Clip from Merton memories photo Mit_Work_Industry_6-1 of

See also the entry on Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History.


News Articles

MATCH FIRM DO DEAL IN FIREWORKS BRYANT and May, chief operating subsidiary of the £30,750,000 British Match Corporation, is in the take-over field again.

It has acquired Waeco Ltd., whose main products are fireworks and marine distress equipment and a range of smoke pesticides and fungicides.

This company has two factories near Salisbury and a third has recently been acquired at Cambourne to provide room for further expansion.

British Match, which has been carrying out an energetic diversification programme, already owns two firework firms, James Pain and Sons, of Mitcham, and Octavius Hunt, the Bristol makers of sparklers and Bengal lights.

Its other interest, besides matches, range from man-made timber to boxes, steel wool and ticket issung machines.

Source: Newcastle Journal – Tuesday 22 May 1962 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

BRITISH MATCH
PROGRESS OF DIVERSIFICATION
THE MATCH INDUSTRY

Three-quarters of group sales were again made overseas, mainly in the Commonwealth and South America. In the home market competition was intense; higher sales of SWAN VESTAS offset lower sales of other British matches. Bryant & May’s new match factory in Glasgow, though relatively small, is the most modern in the world.

DIVERSIFICATION

As consumption of matches is static, other interests are hems expanded or acquired. A new £2.5 million ‘WEYROC’ factory is to be built near Annan. Packaging, pulp mouldings, ticket machines, steel wool, scourers and wire products are other main interests in the U.K. In total. 26.4%, of the group profit was earned outside the match industry compared with 14.6% last year. James Pain, the firework makers, joined the group in June 1960.

Source: Birmingham Daily Post – Monday 29 August 1960 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

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Lloyd’s List – Monday 07 September 1874

People
Miscellaneous notes on staff.

from marriage banns 14th June 1905 – Alfred Albert Henry COOPER, 27, living at Eastfields, assistant manager firework factory, father William COOPER, firework maker. In 1911 and 1925 he lived at 5 Langdale Avenue. Died December 1950 in Bognor Regis.


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

1881 James Pain factory workers

Occupation Given Name Surname Marital Status Age Estimated Birth Year Gender Address
Firework Artist Matilda Baker 18 1863 Female Sibthorpe Road
Factory Operative (Firework) Eliza Block 14 1867 Female 3 Piccadily Causeway
Factory Hand (Firework) Emma Block Married 35 1846 Female 3 Piccadily Causeway
Labourer In Firework Factory Charles Buck 16 1865 Male East Fields No 4 Sherbourne Terrace
Firework Factory Operative Mary Burrows 17 1864 Female Causeway
Firework Artist Mary Cameron 21 1860 Female Field Gate
Firework Artist Rosina Cameron 14 1867 Female Field Gate
Fireworks Factory Operative Eliza Cluett 14 1867 Female 4 Piccadily Causeway
Firework Maker John Cook Married 37 1844 Male Robinson Lane
Firework Maker John Cook Married 37 1844 Male Robinson Lane
Forewoman At Firework Factory Emma Cooper Married 39 1842 Female East Fields Lodge At Firework Factory
Pyrotechnist At Firework Factory Benjamin Craig 22 1859 Male East Fields No 4 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Catherine Craig 17 1864 Female East Fields No 4 Allens Cottages
Pyrotechnist At Fireworks Factory John Cedric Craig Married 70 1811 Male East Fields No 4 Allens Cottages
Firework Factory Hand Caroline A. Ede 20 1861 Female Half Acre Row
Firework Factory Hand Sarah A. Ede 18 1863 Female Half Acre Row
Firework Artist Emma Gregory 20 1861 Female Sibthorpe Road
Assistant At Firework Factory Elizabeth Griffin 23 1858 Female Lonesome 3 Ebenezer Terrace
Pyrotechnic Artist At Fireworks Factory John Hall Married 71 1810 Male East Fields No 6 Nichols Cottages
Firework Maker Emma Hoskins 18 1863 Female Coxs Cottages Crews Alley
Firework Maker Elizabeth Ann Jarvis 34 1847 Female Upper Green
Firework Maker Robt. Jarvis 38 1843 Male Upper Green
Firework Maker Sarah Jarvis 22 1859 Female Upper Green
Factory Hand (Firework) Susan Lake Married 51 1830 Female Merton Lane
Factory Hand (Firework) Katherine Mahoney 20 1861 Female Merton Lane
Firework Maker Alfreda Makenzie 15 1866 Female 6 Baron Row
Assistant In Firework Factory Mary Ann Marsh White 19 1862 Female East Fields No 1 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Ann Sarah Shaw 21 1860 Female East Fields No 2 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Susannah Shaw Widow 57 1824 Female East Fields No 2 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Susannah Shaw 27 1854 Female East Fields No 2 Allens Cottages
Firework Artist Annie Stanley Married 24 1857 Female Figgs Marsh
Labourer At Firework Factory Albert Temple 19 1862 Male Lonesome 1 Tamworth Villas
Labourer At Firework Factory Harry Temple 22 1859 Male Lonesome 1 Tamworth Villas
Firework Assistant Amelia Tilly 18 1863 Female No 23 Smiths Buildings
Pyrotechnic Artist At Fireworks Factory Charles William Tucker Married 30 1851 Male East Fields No 2 Nichols Cottages
Pyrotechnic Artist At Fireworks Factory Edwin Tucker Married 53 1828 Male East Fields No 3 Nichols Cottages
Pyrotechnic Artist At Firework Factory Edwin Zachariah Tucker Married 26 1855 Male East Fields No 5 Nichols Cottages
Labourer At Fireworks Factory Thomas Ward Married 46 1835 Male East Fields No 5 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Joseph Watt 17 1864 Male Lonesome 4 Ebenezer Terrace
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Elizabeth White 21 1860 Female East Fields No 3 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Firework Factory Alice Williard 14 1867 Female East Fields No 2 East Fields Cottages
Labourer At Firework Factory Charles Williard 18 1863 Male East Fields No 2 East Fields Cottages
Labourer At Firework Factory George Williard 15 1866 Male East Fields No 2 East Fields Cottages
Labourer In Firework Factory Charles Wilson Married 25 1856 Male East Fields No 2 Allens Cottages

Acacia Road

Originally called Firework Road, it ran from Grove Road to the firework factory of James Pain, in Eastfields.

1913 OS map

1913 OS map

Occupants from the 1915 street directory:

from Grove Road

NORTH SIDE

1 Horace McBRIDE
2 J. JEFFERSON
3 Henry TODD
4 William CARTER
5 Edward ROGERS
6 James PROCTOR
7 Joseph J. STEVENS
8 William WARREN
9 Frderick Charles BAKER
10 William LUXFORD
11 Robert PHELAN
James Pain & Sons, fireworks manufacturers

World War 1 Connections
Private Albert Edward Cousens

Private Alfred Jakeman

Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.