A and F Pears Limited 1781

Isleworth, Hounslow, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

1781 - Andrew Pears sets up business

1789 - soap first produced and sold by Andrew Pears at a factory just off Oxford Street in London, England, the world's first transparent soap;

1835 - grandson Francis Pears joined the business to form A. & F. Pears;

1838 - Andrew Pears retired;

Francis' son-in-law Thomas J. Barratt, joins the company; under the stewardship of Barratt, A. & F. Pears initiated a number of innovations in sales and marketing. According to Unilever records, Pears Soap was the world's first registered brand and is therefore the world's oldest continuously existing brand.

1862 - production of the soap moved to Isleworth

1865 - Francis' son, Andrew, joined A. & F. Pears Ltd. as joint proprietor and ran the factory; Thomas J Barratt ran the head office in London.

1910s - A. & F. Pears Ltd. became part of Lever Brothers and production moved to Port Sunlight, Cheshire, England

2011 - Pears soap is now made in India by Hindustan Lever a company in which Unilever controls a fifty-two percent stake

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