1. William Ransom & Son plc, pharmaceutical chemists

104 Bancroft, SG5 1LY

Quaker William Ransom founded the company on this site in 1846. A keen naturalist, William used plants grown locally as well as from elsewhere, manufacturing natural remedies. The fine 15th century house fronting the complex, now a private dwelling, has Grade II* listed status. It is two-storeyed, of timber construction, with two overhanging cross gables. The company, since renamed Ransom Naturals Ltd, has now moved to more modern premises in another part of the town, and its products still supply the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food & drink industries.

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