Company History

Established in 1848

John Newton and Company are a family run business, with a proven history in manufacturing quality produced damp- and waterproofing materials together with good technical service and support. Mr. John Newton established our company in 1848 at Verney Road in South London, where our head office is to this day.

Originally a business specialising in the supply of plasterer’s hair collected from the local tanneries in the area, John Newton and Company became the largest supplier of plasterer’s hair in England.

Innovating ‘Air Gap Technology’ and Newtonite

On a visit to Germany in 1920 John Newton had seen a corrugated bitumen impregnated fibre board being applied as a damp-proof layer externally to buildings ready for a render to be applied to it. John Newton believed that with slight modification it could be used internally as a damp proof membrane that could be plastered onto.

John Newton pioneered the Air Gap method of damp-proofing in 1931 with the introduction to the UK of the Newtonite lath membrane.

It was fixed to the wall with nails and the corrugations created an air gap between the Newtonite and the wall allowing the wall to breathe and moisture to evaporate.

With over 5 million metres of Newtonite installed from the 1930’s to the early 1980’s, it was time for new innovations to be introduced into the damp proofing industry. In 1984 current chairman Christopher Newton invented and developed this meshed membrane called Newlath which has led to the current generation of high density studded polypropylene membranes available today.

Development Of Basement Waterproofing Solutions

In the 1980′s current chairman Christopher Newton developed Newton System 500 full basement waterproofing system.

Newton System 500 swiftly became one of the leading methods of basement waterproofing in the UK.

Newton System 500 is ideal for waterproofing  both new build and existing buildings, and is often the recommended solution for listed buildings as it is deemed a ‘reversible’ product – meaning that it complies with strict listed building regulations.

New and Innovative Structural Waterproofing Products

Newton Systems have continued to develop a full range of damp proofing, basement waterproofing and structural waterproofing solutions, with new and innovative products being regularly introduced.

Being a totally independent company not tied to one manufacturer, Newtons are able to supply waterproofing systems using the highest quality materials available anywhere in the world.

Whether you are a main contractor, developer, property owner or specifier, we have a dedicated team of Technical Managers who are available for free technical advice. Newton also has an in house CAD design service with the ability to design in all modern drawing formats including 3D modelling. Call 01732 360 095 for this service.

Guaranteed Installation from our Newton Specialist Basement Contractors

We highly recommend that installation is carried out by one of our national Newton Specialist Basement Contractors (NSBC).

NSBCs provide peace of mind to the end client by accepting liability on design and installation of our systems.

The NSBC network operates throughout the UK and Ireland and can provide budget costings off plan for the installation of Newton Systems.

Please contact us for further information on, or by phoning 01732 360 095.


“When we moved into our basement flat in North West London back in 1982, I got my brother (a builder) to have a look at it for us. “You’ve no need to worry about damp,” he said “you’ve got Newtonite!” He was right of coures, the original bitumen-backed Newtonite has served us well because thirty years later we are still here, and still dry! And in that time injection systems have had their day, so that now a vertical dpc with air moving freely behind it is the preferred choice of many professionals”Paul Todd, London

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