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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/059
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1799-1960
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 37 production units.
Name of creator(s): Corney and Barrow Ltd | wine and brandy merchants
George Nicholas and Son | wine merchants
William Coates and Co | wine merchants
Williams and Day | wine and spirits merchants


Administrative/Biographical history:

Corney and Barrow Limited, wine and brandy merchants, successively of 65, and 6 Gresham House, Old Broad Street. The company was known in 1799 as Corney and Cowell. It underwent several changes of name until 1838, when the name Corney and Barrow was adopted.

George Nicholas and Son were wine merchants of 27A Old Broad Street.

William Coates established as a wine merchant in the City, ca.1800. By 1808 he was trading from 1 New Court, St Swithin's Lane, and by 1815 from 26 Bucklersbury. In about 1825 he moved his premises out to 25 High Street Whitechapel. In the 1839 directory the firm is listed as Coates and Liston, reverting to William Coates & Company in 1840. The firm was subsequently based at 109 Old Broad Street and 45 London Wall.

Williams and Day, a firm of wine and spirit merchants, traded under that name until 1826 when it became John Day, and then successively J. Day, Watson and Son (c 1845), Day, Watson, Son and Watney (1898), and Lister and Beck and Day, Watson, Son and Watney (1914). The firm was taken over c 1933 by Messrs Corney and Barrow. Williams and Day and its successors had premises in Fowkes Buildings, Tower Street (1814-1818); Water Lane, Tower Street (1819-1912); 25 Laurence Pountney Lane (1913-1921), 22 Tower Hill (1922-1932) and 6 Gresham House, Old Broad Street (from 1933).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Corney and Barrow Limited, wine and brandy merchants, 1799-1960, and subsidiaries George Nicholas and Son (1915-1938); William Coates and Company (1845-1960) and Williams and Day (1818-1912).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged into 4 subfonds:
CLC/B/059-01: Corney and Barrow Limited;
CLC/B/059-02: George Nicholas and Son;
CLC/B/059-03: William Coates and Company;
CLC/B/059-04: Williams and Day.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The archives of Corney and Barrow Ltd were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1966 by the company; while the records of Williams and Day were deposited by Corney and Barrow at the Vintners' Company, and transferred from Vintners' Hall to the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1974. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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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 2010 to January 2011.

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