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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 B/BFY
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1747-1960
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.56 linear metres
Name of creator(s): British Vinegars Limited
Beaufoy and Company | vinegar producers
Panter, Woodward and Company | vinegar producers
Cambrian Vinegar Company | vinegar producers
Champion and Slee Limited | vinegar producers
Sarsons Limited | vinegar producers
Dufrais and Company | vinegar producers


Administrative/Biographical history:

British Vinegars Limited (BVL) was formed in 1932 from various British vinegar producing companies. For dates of amalgamation, see development chart in the collection. Beaufoy and Company was established by Mark Beaufoy as a manufactory of vinegar and 'mimicked wines' in the early 1740s at Cuper's Garden, south of the river Thames. In 1810 the company moved to South Lambeth, between Vauxhall and Stockwell, on part of Noel Caron's estate. The Beaufoy family's connection with vinegar production ended in 1941 when George Maurice Beaufoy (1893-1941) was killed by enemy action in the yard.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of British Vinegars Limited, 1747-1960. The earliest and greater bulk of the records concern Beaufoy and Company of South Lambeth which became part of British Vinegars Limited in 1932. These records include legal documents, papers relating to property, papers relating to vinegar production, staff records, trade correspondence and sales records, financial accounts, printed matter and photographs.

Papers of British Vinegars Limited including photographs, newspaper cuttings, histories and drawings.

Also in the collection are records of subsidiary companies that merged with British Vinegar Limited, including Beaufoy, Grimble and Company, London; Panter, Woodward and Company, Bristol; Cambrian Vinegar Company, Leeds; Champion and Slee Limited, London; Sarsons Limited, London and Dufrais and Company, London. Records include histories, advertising material, newspaper cuttings, photographs, financial accounts, minutes.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

B/BFY/001-076: Beaufoy and Company; B/BFY/077-101: Other subsidiary/merged companies; B/BFY/102-120: British Vinegars Ltd.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in two accessions, in 1972 and 1977 (AC/72/30, AC/77/29).

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Minet Library holds correspondence of Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy (1786-1851) dating from 1847 to 1851. This mainly concerns the establishment of the Lambeth Ragged School built by Henry circa 1847 as a memorial to his wife Eliza.

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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