I'm a local to Northumberland and Durham having been born only 5 miles from Mickley where I bought both Waxoyl and Hammerite. Somehow I doubt that date that the local Hexham Courant put the garage in 1962 is somewhat wrong. I would have put it in the late 1950's. Hammerite was suggested as originally a rubber based electrical and we could both be right about CTC and 'tollie'as one or some of the major solvents. I recall at about the same time we were using silver rubber paint on both Tyne and Klepper folding canoes. Incidentally, RCL- part of then British Paints formerly Dampney's was making resin both normal and fireproof stuff for ship's lifeboats on the Tyne. Again, RCL was modifying epicote resins for bar topping and also Rolls Royce. I could do with a tin or two now!
Laughingly, there is a friends of RCL listed but I wonder if there were any survivors with free Thallic Anyhydride and M aleic Anhydride coming off the gas kettles. They were also modifying resins for abrasive wheels.
Oddly enough, I went to school with one of chemists and odder still, appear to be a substantial shareholder with survivors of these past companies.
I'd sort of forgotten most of this.
Mickley- I recall the toilets on the opposite side of the main road to the houses and the Cosy cinema became a masonic hall and another school mate- but I digress
I wonder what happened to my 1935 Morris 8- CBB367