IN THE NEWS
I NEED A...
Number of Locations:
Top 10 London Landmarks: Silver»
Top 10 London Landmarks: Gold»
A Clockwork Tour»
Jack The Ripper London Tour»
The Krays in London»
Monty Python Tour of London»
The Ultimate Beatles Tour»
The Banksy London Tour»
CREATE YOUR OWN TOUR»
First Plastic Invented Here
This is where the World's first plastic was invented.
Location: Berkshire Road, Hackney Wick, London
Description: This is where the first plastics in the world were made, and called Parkesene, after it's founder Alexander Parkes in 1862.
He showcased some samples of colourful plastics at the 1862 London International Exhibition, although Vulcanite had been shown by both Hancock and Goodyear at the 1851 Great Exhibition, this was the first time that a colourful material that did not rely on a surface finish or dye had been put on public display.
Parkes showed great optimism for his new material and, more significantly, anticipated many of the uses for which plastics have been employed in the subsequent 140 years. He won the award of a bronze medal 'for excellence of product'.
The factory was opened here with high hopes but within two years it was in liquidation. Most of the problems may be attributed to a desire to keep the price below a shilling a pound, accordingly the product quality was not up to the standard of those displayed at the 1862 exhibition.
Tagged in this Tour: The London Inventions Tour
The Ivory House», 3.2km
A Huguenot Silk Weaver's Home», 2.6km
Tom Bata's Shoe Factory», 19.km
Tompion and Graham Clockmakers», 4.0km
The Original Media Mogul: Elias», 4.7km
The Oldest Bank in London», 4.2km
The Saatchi & Saatchi Letters», 356km
Home of the Speaking Clock», 9.2km
The Time Ball», 4.6km
First Plastic Invented Here», 0km