Brocks Fireworks Ltd were incorporated in 2000 under British Directorship (No longer associated with the Brocks Family) but using the same formulations and ownership of the Interlectual Property Rights and following the same principles and ethics of the original company, based in London and continuing to produce great quality Pyrotechnic Products and Professional Displays of Distinction around the World
History of the Original Company on which Brocks Fireworks Ltd is based
The original Brocks was by far the oldest and most respected Firework companies and one whose very name is synonymous with the National and International face of the British Firework Industry.
Brocks was founded in Islington in 1698 by John Brock and was the oldest British Firework Manufacturer. John Brock past away on 5th November 1720 aged 43.
Brocks were steeped with records of Great Firework Displays for the public in London. Some in London's Marylebone Gardens dating back as far as 1750.
In 1815 Brocks factory was located in a residential area in Baker's Row, Whitechapel, London. The factory was destroyed when a boy who was ramming gunpowder into a firework accidentally created a spark which ignited the firework, he threw it aside as he ran out in fright. Fifty pounds of gunpowder and a large amount of saltpetre exploded immediately, blowing the roof off the building, and setting fire to the factory.
After passing through the control of several generations of the Brock family the company became world famous for presenting what would become forever known as 'Brock's Benefits,' displays for the enjoyment of the public, the first of which was fired on July 10, 1826 and from 1865 onwards became a regular attraction at the site of the Crystal Palace. These Brock's displays continued regularly with just a decade long break between 1910 and 1920 until the Palace was completely destroyed by fire in 1936, an event which spelt the closure of this traditional and hugely popular firework institution. So connected with the palace was the company that it was renamed C.T. Brock & Co's 'Crystal Palace' Fireworks in 1865, a reference that would live on long after Paxton's famous glass and iron structure had cooled to the touch.
During Brocks long existence firework production sites moved a number of times, from Whitechapel to South Norwood to Sutton and then in 1910 to Hemel Hempstead where it remained until 1971 when the business undertook its relocation to two factories, one in Sanquar, Dumfriesshire, Scotland and the other at Swaffham in Norfolk, remaining there until 1981.
The original Brocks had been Royal Warrant holders for Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and George VI and has also entertained many World leaders and has been appointed pyrotechnist to many of them, The Kings of Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Zululand, The Sultans of Morocco, Turkey and Zanzibar, The Shahs of Persia, The Czars and Czarinas of Russia, The Emperors and Empresses of Germany and Brazil were amongts those who were frequently entertained, both as hosts and guests by Brocks Fireworks.
Brock's Displays had been closely linked to great events and amongst the more memorable have been the Official Peace Displays in 1919 and 1946 to mark the end of World War I and World War II, The Coronation Displays of King Edward VII, King George V, Queen Elizabeth II