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Firefiend

Member Since 23 Jul 2003
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In Topic: W. Harbot fireworks Leicester

06 March 2012 - 10:53 PM

This is really important to me - I am aware of Harbot and will be looking into their history during late spring (a work project which I will report on at a later date) They seem like a fairly primitive manufacturer, I imagine they relied on local trade with modest aspirations and achievements. I worked with people in my early days - coming up to 30 years ago - they worked in the industry forty years before me. How I regret not asking them about Harbots! but I suspect they would not have known of them. We discussed the old manufacturers and an old list was drafted, Harbot was not on the list (which I lost) but there were around 20 other small factories listed.

Whilst on the subject - Mersey Fireworks - any information?


Thanks. Nothing on Mersey I'm afraid.

In Topic: W. Harbot fireworks Leicester

29 February 2012 - 11:25 AM

I've just received some more information on Harbot's taken from a 1950 Telephone Directory for the Leicester area.

Harbot W. & C. (Pyrotechnics) Ltd., 5 East Street, Leicester. Possibly their warehouse site.
Also at Regent Street, Narborough (on the edge of Leicester). This could have been their factory / magazine site.

Also information from London Gazettes. Regent Road seems to be a mistake unless it has disappeared now, as there is only a Regent Street in Narborough. Full name is Walter Harbot.

1950 London Gazette
1952 London Gazette
1955 London Gazette

Co-director could have been Sidney Simmons.
1950 Edinburgh Gazette
1952 London Gazette
1952 London Gazette
Both declared bankrupt.
1950 London Gazette

In Topic: W. Harbot fireworks Leicester

19 May 2011 - 08:17 AM

Definitely had more of the "Flying Saucer" effect!! I preferred this one.

It makes me wonder why as it produced such a good effect, this type of firework was not produced by other manufacturers. Especially as Harbot's disappeared long before the other British manufacturers expired.

In Topic: W. Harbot fireworks Leicester

17 May 2011 - 04:05 PM

Hi Vic. You made a brilliant job of that! The effect was incredible and I've never seen another firework like it.

I suppose they were banned at some time in the distant past as they could probably fly off the string if not tied properly or it could burn through.

Might be worth trying to recreate the tapered Spitfire as well if you have the chemicals. Most of the old squibs/flyers were simply parallel sided and a tapered design might work better.

In Topic: W. Harbot fireworks Leicester

14 May 2011 - 07:21 AM

Not sure what the problem is but I have updated the link and the company name is Harbot's Limited.