In 1698 John Brock Founded Brocks Fireworks in Islington, London it is one of the oldest firework manufacturers in the UK
Around 1825 Brocks main manufacturing factory was located in Bakers Row a residential Area in (now Vallance Road ) Whitechapel, London.
The Factory was destroyed by a young boy who was ramming gunpowder into a firework which created a spark and ignited it the shock of this happening made the boy throw the firework and run, the firework then exploded along with fifty pounds of gunpowder and a vast amount of saltpetre.
It blew the roof off the factory and set the rest of the building alight, the shockwave from the blast also shattered all the windows of buildings in the adjacent streets.
In 1868 Brocks build a New Firework Factory located in Nunhead, South-East London it was known as C. T. Brock & Co (Crystal Palace) Fireworks, this is not far from where the Pyrotechnists Arms still exists today.
Standard Fireworks bought Brocks fireworks in 1987 and in 1998 they were bought out by Black Cat Fireworks.