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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 B/SGR
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1719-1926
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.38 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Seager Evans and Co Ltd | distillers


Administrative/Biographical history:

Seager Evans and Company was founded in 1805, principally as a maker of gin. They owned distilleries in Millbank and Deptford as well as many in Scotland for the production of whisky.

In 1956 they were bought by Schenley Industries of New York, in turn owned by Glen Alden Corporation. In 1969 Glen Alden Corporation was taken over by Rapid American Incorporated. The name Seager Evans was changed to Long John International, Ltd.

The collection also contains the records of a subsidiary company Holland and Co. Ltd, distillers, of Deptford Bridge, Deptford, Kent.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Seager Evans and Company Limited, and subsidiary or merged companies, 1719-1926. This collection contains records of Holland and Co. Ltd. relating to the business, to property, and to mortgage dealings; and records of Seager Evans and Co. Ltd relating to the business, to property, and to mortgage dealings. Also records relating to members of the Seager family in their private capacity and to the estate which William Evans acquired in Chertsey, Surrey.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records deposited in 1956 were considered as "Estate" records and given the reference E/SGR/1-43. The deposit in 1959 included, as well as further "Estate" material, many records relating to the two firms concerned. A "Business" reference was therefore considered more appropriate, and the new reference, B/SGR/1-349, allotted; thus E/SGR/1-38, 39-41, 42, 43 became B/SGR/9-46, 51-53, 67, 68.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These records were deposited in the London County Record Office, County Hall, Westminster Bridge, S.E.1, in 1956 and 1959.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Glasgow University Archive Services hold records for Seager Evans dating to 1819-1973 (minutes, registers, financial and publicity records, records of associated companies), reference: UGD306/1/55.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July to October 2009

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