Home

Tours | Categories (New, Hot) | Map

Alcohol - Ancient - Animal - Architecture - Art - Aviation - Boxing - Celebrity - Charity - Children - Church - Cinema - Comedy - Crime - Dance - Death - Disaster - Drugs - Fashion - Food - Gambling - Ghost - Grave - Health - Historical - Industry - Justice - LGBT - Literary - Look Up - Medical - Military - Motoring - Murder - Museum - Music - Nature - Naval - Paranormal - Pioneer - Poetry - Police - Politics - Pub - Public Amenities - Quirky - Religion - Retail - Ripper - River - Royalty - Science - Sculpture - Sex - Signs - Society - Sport - Subterranean - Technology - Theatre - Train - Transport - Tube - TV - Weather -

Contact Us

IN THE NEWS

Westfield Stratford City East
Westfield Stratford City East Retail Theme

TOUR OF THE MONTH

American Tour of London
American Tour of London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th July 1980 Actor and comedian Peter Sellars died in London after a heart attack in The Dorchester Hotel.

24th July 1956 Brendan Behan's Quare Fellow, premieres in London

24th July 1936 The Speaking Clock speaks for the first time, from Dollis Hill, London.go to related location

First Plastic Invented Here



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

Themes: IndustryIndustry Theme  PioneerPioneer Theme
Ranking This Month: 2097/2702
Pages Hit This Month: 56
Link to This Page: http://www.shadyoldlady.com/location/1151
Credits: http://www.plastiquarian.com

First Plastic Invented Here

This is where the World's first plastic was invented.


The Shady Old Lady points out that you can drag this map using mouse. Or visit our full massive map.


The title is very misleading. Plastic, (Parkesene), may well have been produced here, however it was invented in Birmingham. Yet another example of London stealing all the glory. (Geoff)
Posted by Geoff on 2011-05-30
Got something to add? Write it 'ere:
Name:     Email:
Your email will ONLY be used once, to confirm the publication of your comments. We value your contribution and privacy.

Anti-spam Security: Please enter this code:
Other places nearby...

Matchmakers Wharf», 0.5km

The Original Media Mogul: Elias», 4.7km

Fishmonger's Hall», 3.6km

William Morris' Birthplace», 3.0km

Tompion and Graham Clockmakers», 4.0km

Splendid Heath Hall», 6.6km

A Huguenot Silk Weaver's Home», 2.6km

Tom Bata's Shoe Factory», 19.km

Home of the Speaking Clock», 9.2km

The Crystal Palace», 8.7km