Household Matches – not made in the UK anymore 😦
Pretty much one of life’s essentials, but there does not seem to be a single ordinary match made in the UK nowadays. S.J.Moreland and Sons and many other well known names were taken over by Bryant and May who were themselves taken over by Swedish Match who have now moved all their production to Sweden.
Octavius Hunt Ltd, founded in 1870 and the only match manufacturer left in the UK, make specialist matches such as Windproof/Waterproof Matches and smoke matches (which are primarily used in the plumbing industry in the UK to test boilers and ventilation shafts for leaks). All their matches are produced in their factory in Bristol. Aside from specialist matches, Octavius Hunt also make smoke products (pesticide smokes and natural smokes) and pyrotechnic products (sparklers, party poppers, smoke pellets, smoke grenades and so on). Wholesale but available on the internet, on e-bay and in shops (branded).