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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/036-05
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1915-1960
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 9 production units.
Name of creator(s): Davis and Soper Ltd | export merchants


Administrative/Biographical history:

George Davis established himself as a commission merchant in 1852 at 4 Railway Place, Fenchurch Street. The firm became African, Australian, middle and far eastern export merchants. In 1860 Davis went into partnership with William Garland Soper (1837-1908). From 1863-76 they traded from 14 Fenchurch Street, and from 1877-81 from 10 King's Arms Yard, before moving to 54 St Mary Axe in 1882. On William Garland Soper's death in 1908, the firm was taken over by his son, William Soper.

The firm became a limited company in 1915. It went into liquidation in 1960. It was a subsidiary of Camp Bird Limited.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of Davis and Soper Limited, export merchants, comprise minutes, details of overseas staff appointments, and a volume of contracts of sales.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited by the Official Receiver in 1981. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

CLC/B/036-01: Camp Bird Limited;
CLC/B/036-02: Abelheira Paper Mills Limited;
CLC/B/036-03: Boa Vista Spinning and Weaving Company;
CLC/B/036-04: Braco de Prata Printing Company;
CLC/B/036-05: Davis and Soper Limited;
CLC/B/036-06: Grahams (Lisbon) Limited;
CLC/B/036-07: Grahams Trading Company;
CLC/B/036-08: Reserved Assets Company;
CLC/B/036-09: Tekka Taiping Limited;
CLC/B/036-10: West European Industries Limited;
CLC/B/036-11: William Graham and Company;
CLC/B/036-12: William Graham Junior and Company.

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:
November 2010 to January 2011.

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