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I joined (what was then) "The Limmer and Trinidad Lake Asphalt Co." at Carnwath Road, Fulham in April 1964 - my first real job - and worked there until the company, having celebrated its centenary in, I think, 1971, was taken over by Tarmac and the site closed in April 1972.

The Asphalt plant had been on the site since, I believe, the 1920's. The bitumen - trade name "Epure" - the sticky stuff! - came, as the name implies from Lake Trinidad and the stone used to manufacture the Asphalt came by barge from Scotland- 300 tonnes at a time and was landed at Trinidad Wharf, the postal address of the company, which was situated opposite the end of Peterborough Road.

The company's central laboratory was based there and the two chief chemists, Desmond Bax who lived near me in Southfields, and Donald Broome were pioneers in the development of modern asphalts.

The company was international and one of the Fulham supervisors, Vic Parnell was in charge of the resurfacing of Kualar Lumpar airport runway. The Company also won very long running contracts for the maintenance of the roads in the Cities of London and of Westminster. The familiar green lorries, with the logo "Trinidad Lake Asphalt" above the cab were a familiar site trundling through the post-war streets of London and featured in a film, 'Miracle in Soho' (circa 1958) starring John Gregson as a tarmac labourer and featuring two Fulham staff with whom I worked, Bill Balkwill and Jack Hedgecock.

It was a lovely old company and I retain the happiest memories of my time there - possibly because it was run by old military men and my father had been a career soldier. The Managing Director at Trinidad Lake House, Vauxhall Bridge Road was Colonol Morgan and my boss was Captain Blaxter! 



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