A History of YALDING, Kent, England

A method of pest control had been started much earlier when in 1840 a Lincolnshire company Tomlinson and Hayward Ltd used copper compounds for blight control.

Just before the first world war the Chiswick Soft Soap and Polish Co. built a pesticide factory on a one acre of land on a Yalding site. This location was on a triangle bounded by the road, railway and the river, and to be precise as the parish boundary went down the road, it was if fact in Nettlestead. It is said that one of their products, ‘Cherry Blossom’ boot polish owed its name to an adjacent cherry orchard.

This site was known as the Yalding Manufacturing Company, and locally called the ‘ Soap Works’. Its location made it ideally situated to supply Kent farmers with fruit tree and hop washes. Later, along with Tomlinson and Hayward Limited, it was absorbed in a series of amalgamations of small, independent pesticides companies – hitherto competitors – to form Cooper, McDougall and Robertson Ltd (CM&R) in the mid 1930’s.



At about 1900, Mr E A White, hop farmer of Beltring, formed a company Abol Ltd., in his attempt to ‘abolish’ aphids.

A more detailed history of this venture, into becoming the I.C.I. Factory that employed many people from the village, and of the happenings over the whole Hampstead site will be found in the section titled Parish


This includes the factory itself, its use of the railway, complete with its own sidings that went right up to the packing sheds, plus the Hampstead paper mill, and the Railway Inn, all now gone, with only documentary evidence, and photographs, that they were ever there.