Sugg Lighting has a long and illustrious legacy in decorative and heritage lighting. Established in 1873, Sugg is an industry leader that has illuminated the streets, squares and boulevards of London for over 175 years. Its international reputation has been shaped by their work with some of the most iconic places in the city, including Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. Sugg Lighting’s history is rich in significance and prestige that extends beyond the capital - in celebration of this decorated past, here are the milestones which made this company the leading historical lighting company in the world.

1807

Thomas Sugg (1771 – 1832), made the first gas pipes and installed them to Carlton House Gardens.

1837

William, 1803 – 1858, son of Thomas ‘started for himself’ at 19 & 20 Marsham Street, Westminster in a partnership called Sugg, Pywell & Co.

1840

Company became William Sugg & Co at the end of 1840 in the same premises.

1862

William Thomas Sugg established the foot candle as the unit for measurement of light as a means of comparison.

1881

Formation of the Limited Company.

1883

Crystal Palace Exhibition with 4 pages of William Sugg products.

1894

William Sugg supplied & installed Gas Lighting for the lighting of Tower Bridge.

1896

Invention of high-pressure incandescent lighting and the gas pressure increased.

1901

Lighting the exterior of Buckingham Palace.

1907

Death of William Sugg.

1914-18

Production of armaments including 8 million components for The Great War.

1935

Began development of Lighting Laboratory by P. C. Sugg, father of Chris Sugg.

1937

Centenary Dinner at total cost of £153 – 10d.

1939-45

Production of armaments with 12 million Sugg Lighting components for WW2.

1963

Move to Crawley from Westminster after factory extended to 100,000 sq ft.

1968

Hostile takeover of William Sugg & Co Ltd by Thorn Electrical Industries Ltd.

1973

Formation of a new company by Chris Sugg & Keith Bouracier, known as ‘Sugg Lighting Ltd’ to continue as a specialist manufacturer.

Re-introduction of gas lighting during the Miner’s Strike and the 3-Day week.

2019

Re-formation of William Sugg & Company LTD.

1999

Sale to F W Thorpe PLC, retaining the Sugg name.

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