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Linoleum


Frederick Walton
Linoleum was invented by Surrey’s Frederick Walton in 1860. Walton then took over a mustard mill in Staines in 1867 to manufacture this highly durable floor covering made from combined renewable materials. Staines Linoleum Company, became an industry which achieved worldwide success over many years.

 


Frederick Walton with the Lino buildings behind him

 


The Linoleum Factory is located in a triangle from the red dot to the right, across by the railway line and behind the High Street back to the red dot. It was a massive place and I remember when I was a kid in the 50's going to picnics and sports days in their own sports fields. Also there were parties for kids at Christmas every year, with Father Christmas giving every child a present. My Dad worked there for many years, as did many other local people.

 


Staines linoleum was exported throughout the world, including the Titanic (left) and other ships and was a major industry and source of employment for the area up until the 1960s.

 

A sculpture in Staines High Street depicting men who worked at the Lino.


Various Lino Designs




The patent that was on every roll of Lino. Shown in the Spelthorne Museum.

 



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