The following description is taken from George Measom's The official illustrated guide to the London and South-Western Railway, [1864], pages 413-15

Messrs Carter Brothers, Steam Dyeing Works, East Street. Established 1838

The dye-materials imported from foreign countries which find a place among the Customs Returns, prepared by the Board of Trade, are chiefly the following: Cochineal, fustic, gum arabic, gum Senegal, gum animi, gum copal, gum tragacanth, indigo, lac dye, shellac, logwood, madder, Nicaragua wood, safflower, sumach, smalts, valonia, yellow berries, and zaffre.
[Messrs Carters’ works]: The visitor is at once struck by the order, method, and general suitability of the various parts of the premises for the purposes of the business of the firm. A few months since we were permitted to inspect the works. Entering through the receiving shop, we at once proceeded to the Dye-house, containing six coppers and two steam boilers; above the Dye House is the finishing department, with its two large steam cylinders and Silk Finishing Frame; on the same floor is the Glazing Department, with its two beautiful glazing machines; over this is the Drying-Room, heated with steam, and adjoining, the hot-pressing room, with large lever hot-presses; here too are the ovens for heating the plates. The entire establishment is under the personal supervision of the principles, and merits public support.


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