The Palatine Paints story has been very briefly documented over the years. A version of it was buried in our old website and we thought you’d be interested in the details. So here is a little summary of Palatine Paints’ company history.
1930s – The Original Flat Oil Paint
Palatine Paints’ origins go back to the 1930s with Hull based paint manufacturer Keystone. The company actually had American origins – manufacturing a revolutionary product, “The original Flat Oil Paint”. Struggling during the Great Depression, the Hull company was actually attracted to Lancashire by government grants. At that time assistance was available for businesses moving to designated “depressed areas”. Taking advantage of this programme, the company was given free charge of a part Prospect Mill, a weaving shed in Platt Lane, Hindley. Paint manufacturing commenced at Hindley in around 1937 with a newly recruited local workforce, together with workers who had made the move from Hull.
1940s – In the Midst of World War 2
The advent of the second world war brought with it new Ministry of Defence contracts; the company soon expanded sufficiently to utilise all the space at Prospect Mill. Around this time a London based company Louis Berger Ltd, fearful of bomb damage in the capital, began looking for shadow premises in the North of England. After some research it purchased the Keystone company at Hindley. The existing company was allowed to continue without much influence from Berger until after the war.
Soon, Berger became more involved…the existing management team’s feathers were ruffled. The managers, a Lancastrian and a Yorkshire man, left to create their own paint business. The newly formed business became known as Palatine Paints because it was located in the “County Palatine” of Lancashire. The men adopted the Tudor rose as their trademark: the white rose of Yorkshire and the red rose of Lancashire. At that time Palatine Paints, undertook small scale manufacturing and continued distributing Keystone products.
1950s – Skilled Chemist, Alan Everingham Joins the Company
Around the mid 1950s, Alan Everingham, skilled Chief Chemist of Beaver Paints in Aintree had grown unhappy in his role there. He placed an advert (under a box number) in the “Paint Oil And Colour Journal” offering his services. Palatine Paints responded to the post delighted to find that it was Alan, whom they had been eyeing for some time. Alan’s remit at Palatine Paints was to improve and increase production capacity (a batch of white gloss was just five gallons at that time) and to expand the product range.
1970s – A Fire Remoulds the Future
The company expanded and continued production happily until 1973 when a fire broke out. The cause of the fire proved to be the cause of a fall out between the management team and almost the downfall of the company which went into voluntary liquidation. Alan Everingham started his own company, Everingham Paints & Chemicals ltd. Having purchased the Palatine Paints registered trade mark, Everingham Paints and Chemicals continued and flourished. Much of this success was attributed to Alan Everingham’s business acumen and skill as a chemist.
2000s – Everingham Retires
On Alan Everingham’s retirement, Everingham Paints was sold to Talke Chemical Co Ltd based in Congleton, Cheshire. The Leigh manufacturing facility here in Lancashire along with its staff was retained. The Lancashire site was managed by Jason Huyton. Talke Chemicals combined its own Carbo brand range with the Palatine brand to offer customers a greater range of industrial and decorative coatings.
2010s – The Company is Bought by Jason Huyton
In June 2011, and after joining Everingham Paints in 1994 as a sixteen year old, Jason Huyton purchased the Leigh manufacturing site and became the Managing Director of Palatine Paints & Chemicals Ltd. Under Jason’s leadership, with his passion and vision for Palatine Paints, the company has continued its proud tradition of manufacturing top quality own brand coatings.
Palatine Paints continues to develop and innovate with ongoing investment into the development of new products. As well as an extensive range of own brand coatings, the company also stocks a wide range of complementary products and sells direct to the public via the website. That’s the company history to 2019! And so it continues…
Do you remember?
If you remember the ‘old days’ of Palatine Paints, we’d love to hear your stories. Drop us a line via our facebook page, the Contact Page or post a comment below. We’d also love to see any old photos you have.