History of Lincrusta
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:26 am    Post subject: History of Lincrusta Reply with quote

Frederick Walton was something of an inventor and entrepreneur. He had been associated for some years with the remarkably successful floor covering product, Staines Linoleum, when it occurred to him that the material was capable of development in another and totally distinct way. Instead of applying it to floors he would, with some variation in its manufacture, apply it to walls but with a modelled surface in relief instead of the printed coloured surfaces of floor covering.

A British invention, it was the brainchild of manufacturer Frederick Walton whose father pioneered linoleum floor covering in the 1860īs. Originally launched as "Linoleum Muralis", it was subsequently re-named "Lincrusta-Walton" − Lin for Linum (flax, from which linseed oil is made) and Crusta (Relief), with the inventorīs name being added to prevent other firms using the same title.

Lincrusta was launched in 1877 to instant success in a host of applications from royal homes to railway carriages. Heralded as the first washable wallcovering, it appealed to Victorians because of its sanitary properties as well as its durability and ornate effects.

Produced traditionally, using many of the original rollers, with the same care and attention to detail as ever.
First manufactured at Sunbury-on-Thames before production moved to Darwen in 1918, Lincrusta is a classic product which has never needed "improving", made from totally natural materials.

Now manufactured in a purpose-built unit at Morecambe, Lancashire, it is produced traditionally using many of the original rollers, with the same care and attention to detail as when it was first made!

Lincrusta is growing in popularity, and can be purchased in over 50 countries World Wide, it is attributes are as follows:-

Hard wearing, durable, can be painted many times, and has beautiful designs that span the test of time!

If you wish to ask questions about Installation, restoration and conservation of Lincrusta and Historical Lincrusta, please ask.

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