THOMAS CRAPPER TIMELINE

 

1836<span>Thomas Crapper<br>born in Thorne - Yorkshire.</span>

1853
1853
Thomas Crapper Toilet Roll

Thomas is apprenticed as a plumber to his brother George in Chelsea.

1859
1859
Original Thomas Crapper Brochure

The origin of species by Charles Darwin first published.

1861
1861

Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd. is established, based at Marlborough Cottages, Chelsea.

1870
1870

Thomas created the world’s first bathroom showroom in Marlborough Road, Chelsea.

1881
1881

Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd. receives its first patent for ventilating household drainage.

1884
1884

Marks & Spencer founded.

1886
1886
Thomas Crapper & Co Cistern Pull

Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd. awarded its first Royal Warrant as a result of the work carried out at Sandringham House.

1886
Thomas Crapper & Co Factory

Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd. were engaged by The Royal Household to replace the sanitaryware and drainage at Sandringham House.

1888
1888

The company receives its second patent for an improved waste trap.

1892
1892

The company supply more bathroom products for Sandringham House, following a devastating fire and extra accommodation being built.

1893
1893

Another patent, this time for a foot lever operated water closet.

1900
1900
814 Cistern

The iconic 814 “valveless waste preventer” toilet cistern is introduced.

1901
1901
Thomas Crapper Shop

The company receives its second Royal Warrant from HRH Prince of Wales. The company then receives its third Royal Warrant from His Majesty King Edward VII.

1904
1904

Thomas Crapper retired and sold the business to his nephew George Crapper and business partner Robert M Wharam. The company is incorporated with companies house.

 

 

1904

Ford model B first produced.

1907
1907

Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd. purchased 120 Kings Road, Chelsea for a new bathroom showroom.

1910
1910
Thomas Crapper WC Set

Thomas Crapper died and is buried in Elmer’s End Cemetery, Beckenham, Kent.

1911
1911

The company receives its fourth Royal Warrant from His Majesty George V.

1914
1914 – 1918

The Great War.

1920
1920

Formation of the League of Nations – forerunner to the United Nations.

1920

The company continues to trade from 120 Kings Road building a strong reputation for high quality products and services.

1925
1925
Thomas Crapper Factory

Robert M Wharam Chairman of Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd. is appointed President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.

1937
1937

The Marlborough works are sold and a large extension is built onto the back of 120 Kings Road for use as a factory and warehousing.

1939
1939 – 1945

World War II.

1963
1963

When RG Wharam dies leaving no heirs the company is sold to another London based sanitaryware company Boldings Ltd.

1969
1969

The assets of Boldings Group (including Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd.) are purchased by Mr Stephen Cowell.

1998
1969 – 1998

The company lies dormant under the ownership of Mr Cowell.

1999
1999
Thomas Crapper advert

Simon Kirby buys the business and re-launches Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd. with a striking range of authentic products.

2000
2000
Thomas Crapper

Hatfield Church (close to Thomas’s birth place of Thorne, Yorkshire) installs a stained glass window featuring a toilet to celebrate Thomas Crapper’s life.

2005
2005

Tim FitzHigham, the celebrated British comedian and author, rows the channel in a Thomas Crapper bath. A limited edition WC pan is created in honour of the fact.

2011
2011
Thomas Crapper & Co Factory

A Thomas Crapper toilet and washbasin are installed in Westminster Abbey in time for the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge. At a similar time, a Thomas Crapper bathroom is installed in the Royal Suite of The Goring Hotel prior to the Duchess’s pre-wedding stay at the hotel.

2016
2016
2016

Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd. is purchased by Hartford Holdings Ltd., a family business based in Yorkshire.

2020
2020

Businesses are hit hard by a global pandemic. The Thomas Crapper team and their network of approved retailers strive to service clients with Thomas Crapper products, whilst complying with legal requirements.

2021
2021

The business continues to grow despite the global pandemic. Our approved showroom network grows to cover most areas of the UK.

2022
2022
2022

A new brochure with new products and a refreshed brand identity is launched.

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