The piece of linoleum clearly shows the trademark of the Staines Linoleum Company, an industry which achieved worldwide success over many years.

Linoleum was invented by Surrey’s Frederick Walton in 1860. Walton then took over a mustard mill in 1867 to manufacture this highly durable floor covering made from combined renewable materials.

Staines linoleum was exported throughout the world and was a major industry and source of employment for the area up until the 1960s.

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Spelthorne Museum linoleum with F Walton’s patents
Copyright: Image courtesy of Brian Wood

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