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The History of H. Bronnley & Co Ltd
H. Bronnley & Co Ltd was founded in 1883 by James Bronnley when he was just 19 years old. He had spent a year in Paris studying the art of soap making and was determined to establish himself as a maker of soaps of the highest quality.
His first soap making took place in a humble shed situated in Holborn, Central London. His insistence on producing only the finest quality soaps saw his reputation grow and eventually he relocated to larger premises in Islington, North London. With such a growing reputation came increased orders and he was compelled to move again to a much larger factory in Acton, in those days one of London's outer suburbs and within easy reach of the countryside.
The company remained there until 1949 when a disastrous fire destroyed the factory. A number of temporary premises were used until the company permanently relocated to Brackley in Northamptonshire. The first factory in Brackley was in a former Brewery and this served the company well until the present purpose built factory was built and opened in 1989.
Today, Bronnley remains a leading British soap and toiletries company famous for the abundance of natural almond oil, herb, flower and tree extracts blended into our soaps and toiletries. The magic of soap making demands skill, fantastically expensive materials and careful attention to detail. Essential oils made from plant extracts, super fatting- the addition of lovely avocado oil, and triple milling - which assures blended consistency - must combine to perfection to produce our soaps. Quality above everything is the cornerstone of Bronnley which is why we are "Makers of the best soaps in the world".
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James Bronnley founded H Bronnley & Co in 1884 at the age of 19, after studying perfumery and the traditional art of soap making in Paris. James prided himself on using only the finest natural ingredients to produce handmade quality soaps and toiletries. This soon earned his the reputation as the 'maker of the best soaps in the world'. Bronnley continue to produce soaps, toiletries and fragrances using traditional methods and recipes at their facilities in England.