Hyde Name Origins.

The name "HYDE" is derived from the hide, a measure of land for taxation purposes, taken to be that area of land necessary to support a peasant family. In later times it was taken to be equivalent to 120 acres .
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Friday, 20 May 2011

Fletcher Millers /Burmah Castrol

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Fletcher Millers were based at Flowery Field, the earliest reference I have found is to them taking a patent out in 1921 for improvements in or relating to back plates for gas and like stoves or cookers...  If you can fill in any detales please do so.

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In the 1930's it were dealing in the follow products.  "Clearedge" Translucent Soluble Coolant. "Cooledge" Water Soluble Cutting Oil. "Lardedge" Mineralised Lard Oil. "Rodol" Rust Preventatives. "Swift" Sulphurised Straight Cutting Oil. Metal Cutting Oils (neat and water soluble), Drawing Compounds, rust Preventives (liquid and solid), Easing Oil, Degreasing Compounds, Belt Dressing, Case-hardening Media, Oils for Engineering, Marine and Industrial purposes. This Hyde company was known world wide for its products and skill in making them.

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Fletcher Millers was taken over  by C. C. Wakefield and Co., Ltd., the makers of Castrol around 1960.

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I was born in 1958... 2 years before the company changed hands... by right the only name I should know this place as was Burma Castrol... yet I have always referred and still do the Fletcher Millers.... I never even knew what the company did... it was always referred to as Fletcher Miller and I must have heard it mentioned by that name that often it as stuck.

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Fletcher Millers was an oil refinery - Duncan's Dad worked there for 33 years and during the war he wasn't drafted out as it was a reserved occupation that was essential and considered important enough to exempt the workers from military service. He was in the Home Guard instead but that's another story.

Below is a silver platter he received for loyal service. Sorry about the quality but  it was difficult to photograph due to being highly polished. (I kept getting myself mirrored in the picture ,haha) !

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