Joseph Crosfield started his soap manufacturing business in 1814 when he was 21. Though the company haven’t made soap for almost 50 years and is no longer an independent company the remnants still exist in the town.
Various scans relating to Joseph Crosfield & Sons chemical works at Bank Quay. Crosfield was sold to Brunner Mond in 1911 and then passed to Unilever, then to ICI, then Ineos Capital in 2001 (when the Crosfield name was finally lost in favour of Ineos Silicas) and since 2008 it has been operated as a joint venture with PQ Silicas Corporation.
Crosfield stopped producing soap in 1964 to concentrate on it’s speciality chemicals business.