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Blakes Lavac Taylors Limited can trace its history back to
1798, when it began business in Gosport, Hampshire as Blake & Sons,
providing a range of metal work for boats of that period. A catalogue
still in the company's possession, from about a century later, shows a wide range
of equipment including cookers, stoves and smaller general chandlery
With the changes in boat design in the early part of the last
century the demand for many of these items declined and Blakes concentrated
increasingly on plumbing in the boats, notably in the manufacture of toilets and
seacocks. These incorporated high grade sea-water resistant copper
alloys and the company became recognised as a specialist in this field.
The Baby Blake toilet, using aluminium castings instead of copper alloy to
reduce the weight, is reputed to have been fitted on Sunderland flying boats and
fast patrol craft during the 1940's and 1950's. in 1969 Blakes added
to its range of plumbing equipment with the purchase of Lavac, and returned to
the field of cooking and heating with the acquisition of the well-known business
of Taylors 1981.
Towards the end of the 1980's the company moved to Poole,
where it traded as Chillington Marine, until February 1999 when the Blake, Lavac
and Taylor range of products were acquired by the present company and relocated
Blakes Lavac Taylors is now owned by