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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/227-141
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1864-1874; [1989]
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 production units.
Name of creator(s): Ouvah Coffee Co Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

This company was formed as a limited company in 1864 to buy and work coffee plantations in Ceylon. It gradually changed over to tea production from the 1870s when the coffee industry was devastated by a fungus. In 1908 it reformed as Ouvah Ceylon Estates Limited. It had offices successively at 79 Cannon Street; 34 Cannon Street; 31 Lombard Street; 5 Dowgate Hill; Thames House, Queen Street Place; and 21 Mincing Lane.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Ouvah Coffee Company Limited, comprising a cash book and notes on the history of the company and of coffee planting in Ceylon.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

One volume, and 6 sheets in an envelope.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

The cash book is the only record of the company known to have survived liquidation in the 1960s.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1989. 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:
January to May 2011.

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