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Bournes Bank, Burslem


 

Acme Marls:

At the bottom of Bournes Bank the kilns of Acme Marls
At the bottom of Bournes Bank the kilns of Acme Marls
photo: 2000

1955 advert for Acme Marls
1955 advert for Acme Marls

"Like so many firms, Acme Marls Limited sprung from a very humble beginning. In 1933, Major W. M. Lovatt and Lt,-Col. J. W. A. Lovatt were members of Messrs. Grose & Stocker Limited, for whom the latter had started up a small works employing some six people making special refractory mixtures. This business was purchased by them, and so Acme Marls Limited was born.

As the business grew, the potential of fired refractory goods was realised, if capital could be found. An agreement with Messrs. Minton Limited to produce fired articles for the company, however solved this problem. In 1927 further output was required and a small factory in Burslem was also purchased.

With their own works available for fired goods ad the development in tunnel ovens in the pottery industry, their thoughts turned to high-grade refractory furniture for use in them, and research work was started with the object of producing suitable furniture which was as thin as possible. From that day the company has steadily forged ahead, despite the war years, until today they count among their friends, not only many of the users of high-grade refractories in this country, but also throughout the world."

1955 trade journal entry for Acme Marls Limited, Burslem

three remaining bottle kilns at Acme Marls, Burslem
three remaining bottle kilns at Acme Marls, Burslem
photo: Feb 2008
 


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