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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4453/J
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1934-1979
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 0.9 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Whitbread International Ltd
Whitbread and Co Ltd | brewers


Administrative/Biographical history:

Whitbread International was formed in 1967 as a subsidiary company to be responsible for Whitbread Group's overseas interests. The aim was to increase earnings from overseas assets to make up a third of all Company profits. However, following a reorganisation of the company's divisions in mid 1980s, Whitbread International disappeared into the new divisions of North America and Wines and Spirits. This reflected the company's focus on North American trade following the decision not to invest on the scale needed to exploit Continental business.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Whitbread International Limited, a subsidiary company of Whibread and Company Limited, brewers. Records include ledgers detailing Whitbread exports and ship stocks from the 1920s through to the 1970s along with advertising from the launch of various Whitbread products abroad most notably that of Mackeson Stout and Whitbread Premium Draught Beer.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LMA/4453/J/01: Ledgers; LMA/4453/J/02: Advertising.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the Corporation of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 2001 as a gift.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Histories published by Whitbread include: Whitbread's Brewery founded 1742: an illustrated history of the House of Whitbread (1934); Whitbread's Brewery incorporating 'The Brewer's Art' (1951); This is Whitbread (1979) and Monckton, Whitbread's Breweries: a chronological survey of the evolution of one of the oldest groups of breweries in Britain (1984).

See also L Richmond and A Turton, The Brewing Industry: A guide to historical records (1990), LMA Library reference 60.43 RIC.

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:
November 2009 to February 2010

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