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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/109
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1989-1981
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 79 production units.
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry Barber traded as a salmon factor from 1841. By 1855 he had a stand in Billingsgate market and by 1880 had leased shop 7 where the business remained until it went into voluntary liquidation in 1979. The limited company was formed in April 1925. It specialised in salmon, but also dealt in eels through subsidiaries.

Subsidiaries of H Barber and Son Limited included:

- D and J Barber (Eels) Limited, formerly John and Paul (Eels) Limited, eel merchants, trading from 13b Lovat Lane (they were taken over and renamed in 1960);
- Braddan Fishing Co Limited, formed in 1952 to manage salmon fishings;
- Cahill and Young Limited, a defunct Irish company which was acquired ca. 1954 and used to purchase the Galway fishery;
- John T Clark Limited, a Billingsgate company taken over ca. 1960;
- UC Farmer Limited, a Billingsgate company formed in 1965;
- A Langley and Co Limited, cooked eel merchants, trading from 28 Monument Street;
- EF Marchant Limited, a Billingsgate company taken over in 1964.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of H Barber and Son Limited, salmon and eel merchants, and their subsidiaries including D and J Barber (Eels) Limited; Braddan Fishing Company Limited; Cahill and Young Limited; John T Clark Limited; U C Farmer Limited; A Langley and Company Limited and E F Marchant Limited.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The collection is arranged in sub-fonds as follows:
CLC/B/109-01: H. Barber and Son Limited;
CLC/B/109-02: D. and J. Barber (Eels) Limited;
CLC/B/109-03: Braddan Fishing Company Limited;
CLC/B/109-04: Cahill and Young Limited;
CLC/B/109-05: John T Clark Limited;
CLC/B/109-06: U C Farmer Limited;
CLC/B/109-07: A Langley and Company Limited;
CLC/B/109-08: E F Marchant Limited.

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:

Deposited at Guildhall Library in 1982. 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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