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English & Foreign Oil Finance Ltd.

Company number:
Registered in England, No. 00132197
Share capital:
November 1913
Registered office:

A. N. Stockdale, 20 Lawrence Lane, London London E.C.2.

Oil works:

From about 1916, the company was engaged in prospecting for shale in lands south of Kings Lynn and experimented in retorting oil shales found there under the direction of their consultant geologist Dr. William Forbes-Leslie. In 1918, they promoted a new company; English Oilfields Ltd. to take forward this business, retaining a 50% shareholding in that company.

The Oil and Petroleum Manual, (1921), described the company as:

"Registered on 17th November 1913, to act as a general finance company, and in March 1918, promoted and sold properties to English Oilfields Ltd. In addition to its holding in English Oilfield Ltd, the company owns an oil shale area adjoining the English Oilfield property in Norfolk."

Directors of the company included:

  • Major R.M.O Glynn, (Chairman)
  • W.H. Colibran
  • John Hines

The company remained extant until at least 1937