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  • The history of Crown Paint goes all the way back to 1777 with the opening of Dob Meadows Print Shop in Darwen, Lancashire, where their head offices have remained ever since.
  • By the late 1880s they were producing wallpaper for brands such as Lincrusta and Anaglypta, some of the best known and oldest wallpaper brands today.
  • By 1904 the first experiments into water-based paints began.
  • Just two years later in 1906 the first batch of paint was produced and sold under the brand name Hollins Distemper, with the company becoming the Walpamur Paint Company by 1910.
  • Throughout both WWI and WWII Walpamur developed a selection of products and solutions to assist with the war effort, creating varnishes for ammunition along with blackout, reflective and camouflage paint, Walpamur paint was also used for the demarcation stripes on all of the planes in the D-Day landings.
  • In 1949 they were granted their first Royal Warrant as supplier to King George VI, with the warrant then renewed six years later by Queen Elizabeth II in 1955
  • 1966 was a landmark year, with the first range of paints manufactured and sold under the Crown brand name.

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