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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/3722
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1910-1962
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.16 linear metres
Name of creator(s): R S Murray and Company Limited | sweet manufacturers


Administrative/Biographical history:

Chocolate and sweet manufacturers based in London. The company founded overseas manufacturing interests in 1920s in Ireland (Clarnico-Murray Ltd, a joint venture) and Australia. In 1936, the firm was taken over by C. and E. Morton Limited. In 1945 Mortons was acquired by Beechams and together with other acquired companies in 1955 was renamed as Beecham Foods Limited. Beechams bought James Pascall Limited in 1959 which was merged with Murray. The Pascall Murray brand and business was later sold to Cadbury Fry in 1964.

Its main lines of production were in fudge, caramel and mints (including what were known as 'Murray Mints').

Registered office: Portsoken House, Minories, City of London (1946) with main offices and works at the Fleet Works, 57 Clerkenwell Road, Islington.

Sources: Beechams company history publication 'Beechams 1848-2000: From Pills to Penicillin', and ACC/3722/008.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of R S Murray and Company Limited, sweet manufacturers, including recipe books, reports and related correspondence. The recipe books include details of product development, specifying appropriate ingredients and methods. Other papers concern H.J. Norton, who was Managing Director of R.S. Murray and Co. Ltd from 1914-1940s.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/3722/001-004: Recipe books, ACC/3722/005-008: Administrative papers

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to the Archive in 1996.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Similar recipe books held at LMA include Smith Kendon Ltd (ACC/2522), J. Lyons and Co. (ACC/3527) and the records of various brewers such as Courage's (ACC/2305) and Truman's (B/THB).

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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