The Spratt’s factory in Violet Road, Bromley by Bow about 1930. The founder James Spratt was an electrician from Ohio. In England , around 1860, trying to sell lightning rods he made the world’s first commercial dog biscuits. He felt dogs being fed leftovers would fare better with his combination of “wheat meal, vegetables, beetroot, and meat”. He went public about 1890 and also opened in the USA. This immense factory, as it says “the largest of it's kind in the world” closed in the 1960's? and has been converted to flats and artists’ studios. The Company’s world famous Scotty dog logo will be familiar to most people and their former sales office in Bow Road is now the Tower Hamlets Planning Office. How many people remember the St Bernard dogs kennelled in Harley Grove, behind the offices?