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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4453/P
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1845-1953
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 0.15 linear metres
Name of creator(s): R White and Sons Ltd | soft drinks manufacturers


Administrative/Biographical history:

Established 1845. Robert White and his sons Robert James White and John George White formed a partnership in 1875 as R White and Sons. Incorporated as R White and Sons Limited in 1894. The company manufactured "mineral and aerated waters and cordials" (including lemonade and ginger beer), later known as soft drinks. Based at Cunard Street and Neate Street, Camberwell.

Subsidiaries: White, Cottell and Company, makers of vinegars and sauces, of 143 Neate Street, Camberwell (formerly established through a partnership between Edward White and Oswald Daines Cottell, vinegar brewers and merchants, at 101 and 103, Long Lane, Bermondsey. Partnership was dissolved in 1892), and London Essence Company Limited, manufacturers of fermented liquors and spirits. The latter was based at Lofresco Works, 53 Glengall Road, Peckham until 1940 when the factory was bombed and moved to Neate Street, Camberwell. John George White was chairman of London Essence Company Limited.

The acquisition of R White and Sons in the 1960s was in response to the creation of a new soft drinks division within Whitbread and Company that reflected the shift in emphasis of the business from making to selling.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of R White and Sons Limited, soft drinks manufacturers, including a ledger covering profits and sales figures for R White & Sons from 1845 through to 1951 along with obituaries, details on property and wages, and a corporate and financial history of the Company. Also included are examples of bottle labelling and newspaper cuttings of Company adverts.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

LMA/4453/P/01/001: Ledger;
LMA/4453/P/01/002: Bottle labels;
LMA/4453/P/01/003: Advertisements.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the Corporation of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 2001 as a gift.

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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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