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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/142
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1898-1999
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 219 production units.
Name of creator(s): Lambert Brothers Ltd | coal and shipping merchants


Administrative/Biographical history:

The company has its origins in the formation of Lambert, Ridley and Company, coal factors and ship and insurance brokers in 1845. By 1869 the name had changed to Lambert Brothers and Scott, with a head office at 85, Gracechurch Street, London. The company expanded and moved into other areas of business including: the merchanting and exporting of coal; ownership of carrying vessels; insurance of ship and cargo and purchase and sale of ships.

Newton Dunn joined the company in 1876, became a partner in 1892, and the first chairman of Lambert Brothers Limited in 1902. The newly formed public company continued as coal depot proprietors, coal exporters, foreign coaling agents, and shipowners and ship and insurance brokers. Coal remained the mainstream of the business, but the company moved increasingly to more diverse areas, like ship and aircraft brokering. Later years saw the expansion of overseas business, notably with the installation of a subsidiary, Ybarrola Depositos de Aceite Combustible S.A., at Bilboa to meet bunkering and agency needs of ships involved in the export of iron ore.

Lambert Brothers Limited was bought by Hill Samuel in 1968, who were in turn acquired by TSB Group Plc. In May 1992 the shipping business was purchased by Inchcape Group, although the company is still owned by TSB and called Endeavour Marine Services.


Scope and content/abstract:

The business archives of Lambert Brothers Limited, coal and shipping merchants, consist mainly of material from 1902. The records comprise corporate records, records concerning shares, accounting and financial records, administration and legal records, personal staff records, and photographic records. There is a 30 year closure rule on the records of Lambert Brothers Limited: ask a member of staff for further information.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

CLC/B/142/-01: Lambert Brothers Limited: Corporate; CLC/B/142-02: Lambert Brothers Limited: Shares; CLC/B/142-03: Lambert Brothers Limited: Accounting and Finance; CLC/B/142-04: Lambert Brothers: Administration and Legal; CLC/B/142-05: Lambert Brothers: Personal Staff Records; CLC/B/142/AM: Adriatic Mercantile and Trading Company Limited; CLC/B/142/AT: AmatcoTrading Limited; CLC/B/142/DN: Dunstar Navigation Company; CLC/B/142/EX: Euxine Shipping Limited; CLC/B/142/FL: Fulmer Shipping Services Limited; CLC/B/142/HL: Hinton Spalding and Company Limited; CLC/B/142/HU: Honourable Understanding; CLC/B/142/LC: Lambert Brothers (Cyprus) Limited; CLC/B/142/LE; Lambert Brothers (Egypt) Limited; CLC/B/142/LG: Lambert Brothers (Gibraltar) Limited; CLC/B/142/LL: Lambert Brothers (Malta) Limited; CLC/B/142/LM: Lambert Brothers (Merchandice) Limited; CLC/B/142/LT: Lambert's Trust Limited; CLC/B/142/PA: Pollexfen and Company Limited; CLC/B/142/PC: Perim Coal Company Limited; CLC/B/142/TL: Temple Steamship Company Limited; CLC/B/142/UC: Union Coal Company.

Conditions governing access:

Restricted access: please see staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library on 27 September 1995. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also Inchcape Group (CLC/B/132).

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:
January to May 2011. Updated in January 2013.

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