I am not a glass collector but am a local historian and have lived all my life, just a stones throw from Canning Town Glass Works, Canning Town and I have to disagree with David W when he says that “Canning Town Glass Works cannot be included on his list of Later London Glasshouses because it was located on the Isle of Sheppey some 40 miles from London:
Canning Town Glass Works Ltd, Glass Bottle Manufacturers were established by 1890 and the Essex Directory for that year shows them listed at 63 Forty Acre Lane (north side), Canning Town with Mr E. Mesnard as the manager. They also appear in the 1896 Post Office Directory for Canning Town.
The 1902 Post Office Directory the Canning Town Glass Works listed as having two premises listed in Forty Acre Lane, Canning Town, the original one plus another on the south side of the road.
I cannot find them listed at Canning Town in the 1908; 1912 and 1918 Kelly’s Directories but I have found a reference to headlines in the Sheerness newspapers: June 12th1909 Glass factory to built at Rushden; Aug 30th 1910 Queenborough Glass Works to start building. (See the Kent History Forumhttp://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=9687.0
Messageboard topic - Sheerness newspapers 1902 to 1910)
So it would seem that it wasn’t until 1910 CTGW built a much larger works on the Isle of Sheppey. I am not sure if they still retained premises in Canning Town at this time but as I have stated above I cannot find them listed locally.
In the 1925 directory I have found a listing for the Canning Town Glass Works registered office at Pinners Hall, Austin Friars, London EC2.
Some time between 1925 and 1938 CTGW built new premises on some undeveloped land in Stephenson Street, Canning Town which comprised of an office block and works.
The 1938 Kelly’s Directory – shows Canning Town Glass Works at Stephenson Street, Canning Town. The office block and some of the works buildings remain untouched, but some of the works was damaged during the Second World War and ARP Bomb Reports for West Ham record bomb incidents at Canning Town Glass Works, Stephenson Street.
1949 Kelly’s Directory - Registered Office & Works at Stephenson Street, Canning Town: & Queenborough, Kent. Sales & Showroom New Bridge Street House, 30-34 New Bridge Street, London EC4
1961 Kelly’s Directory - Canning Town Glass Works, Stephenson Street, Canning Town
1962 Kelly’s Directory - Canning Town Glass Works, Stephenson Street, Canning Town
1963 Kelly’s Directory - Canning Town Glass Works, Stephenson Street, Canning Town. This is the last listing that I can find for them in this area and they do not appear in the directories for 1963, 1964 and 1965.
1967 11th July - London Gazette on page 7644. Canning Town Glass Works Ltd. Queenborough.
1971 Kelly’s Directory – Canning Town Glass Works – Registered Office & Sales 9 Swallow Street, Piccadilly, London, and Works at Queenborough
1976 Hansard Report: http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/written_answers/1976/jun/15/canning-town-glass-works-ltd
I am completely stumped by the following references to Canning Town Glass Works and I wonder if anyone can shed any light on these comments:
• Swinton, Sth. Yorkshire, was home to the glass industry from the 1850s until 1988 trading under a number of names e.g. South Yorkshire Glassworks, Dale & Browns, Canning Town Glass and United Glass Containers.
• The Swinton Glass Works were built for Messrs Rylands, Tillotson and Wilkinson in about 1852. It was conveniently placed alongside the canal towards Kilnhurst. It became known as the South Yorkshire Glass Company, then Dale Brown in 1933, followed by Canning Town Glass in 1962. It was then part of the United Glass Company under which name it was later known. Some time after 1958 the company moved to the site of an adjacent iron factory and created two glass works. I have looked for them in vain in the telephone book so I presume they are no more. http://www.rotherhamunofficial.co.uk/history/tradeandindustry/glass.html
• Canning Town Glass Limited (a subsidiary of Arthur Bell & Sons Limited, whisky distillers) Mainly supplying the soft drinks, wines and spirits, dairy products, beers and ciders sectors. (I seem to have lost the link to this article).