Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Of the 30 companies that made up the original FT ordinary index only nine still exist in their own right. Some, such as Harrods, have been bought but retain their identity. Others have been absorbed into their purchaser so little or none of the original remains, though they may live on as brand names - Austin and Murex, for example - long after the actual firms ceased to exist

Associated Portland Cement

Survives intact but changed its name to Blue Circle in 1978

Austin Motor

Merged with Morris Motors in 1951 to form British Motor Co which merged with Leyland to form British Leyland Motor Co in 1968; rescued by the Government in 1975. Eventually became part of Rover Group, now owned by BMW


Survives intact

Bolsover Colliery

Nationalised in 1947

Callenders Cables

Merged with British Insulated Cables to form British Insulated Callenders Cables in 1945. Name changed to BICC in 1975

Coats (J&P)

Merged with Patons and Baldwins in 1960 to form Coats Patons and Baldwins. Merged with Vantona Viyella in 1986 to form Coats Viyella Courtaulds

Survives, demerged (Courtaulds & Courtaulds Textiles)


Bought by Guinness in 1986

Dorman Long

Nationalised into the British Steel Co in 1967

Dunlop Rubber

Sold tyre interests to Japan in 1983, remainder owned by BTR

Electrical & Musical Industries

Merged with Thorn in 1979 to form Thorn EMI

Fine Spinners & Doublers

Taken over by Courtaulds in 1964


Electric Company

Survives intact

Guest Keen & Nettlefolds

Survives intact but changed its name to GKN in 1986


Taken over by House of Fraser in 1959

Hawker Siddeley

Taken over by BTR in 1991

Imperial Chemical Industries

Survives intact but demerged into ICI and Zeneca in 1993

Imperial Tobacco

Bought by Hanson in 1986

International Tea

Traded until the 1970s as International Stores

then went through a series of deals which all but erased its identity. Any remnant is now part of Gateway, owned by Isoceles

London Brick

Bought by Hanson in 1984


Became part of BOC; sold with BOC's welding interests to ESAB of Sweden in 1983 which resurrected the Murex name

Patons & Baldwins

Merged with Coats in 1960 to form Coats Patons & Baldwins then with Vantona Viyella in 1986 to form Coats Viyella

Pinchin Johnson

& Associates

Taken over by Courtaulds in 1960

Rolls Royce

After being rescued by the Government the car division went to Vickers and the aeroengine arm was refloated in 1971

Tate & Lyle

Survives intact

Turner & Newall

Survives intact but changed its name to T&N in 1986

United Steel

Nationalised in 1951, denationalised in 1960, renationalised in 1966 and became part of British Steel, privatised in 1988


Survives intact

Watney Combe & Reid

Name changed to Watney Mann 1958. Taken over by Grand Metropolitan Hotels in 1972

Woolworth (F W)

Taken over by Paternoster Stores in 1982. Woolworths' Holdings established 1982. Renamed Kingfisher in 1989.

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