Brocks Fireworks Ltd were incorporated in 2000 under British Directorship using the same formulations and ownership of the Interlectual Property Rights and following the same principles and ethics of the original company, back in the hands of the Brocks family based in London and continuing to produce high quality Pyrotechnic Products of Distinction around the World
The History of Brocks
Brocks is by far the oldest and one of the most respected Firework Manufacturing and Display 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 is the oldest British Firework Manufacturer. John Brock employed and taught many people who then become household names within the British Fireworks Industry, for example John Pain who became a gunpowder manufacturer and later established Pains Fireworks.
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 1740.
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.
Brocks have been Royal Warrant holders for Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and George VI
Brocks have entertained many World leaders and have been appointed Pyrotechnicians to many, 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 those who were frequently entertained, both as hosts and guests by Brocks Fireworks.
Brock's Displays had been closely linked to great events some of the most memorable have been the Official Peace Displays of 1919 and 1946 to mark the end World War I and World War II, The Coronation Displays of King Edward VII, King George V, Queen Elizabeth II