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A. Boake, Roberts and Co

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February 1901.

of Virgemount Works, Carpenters Road, Stratford, London (1908)

of Stratford, London, E15. (Works and Offices). Telephone: East 2225/6/7. Cable Address: "Boake, London". (1922)

of Carpenters Road, Stratford, London, E15. (1929)

of Abrac Works, Stratford, London, E15. (1947)

1869 Arthur Boake travelled from Dublin to London and founded A. Boake and Co to produce brewing chemicals (originally bisulphite of lime as a preservative). Arthur Boake came up with a product for clarifying wine, which he sold successfully in France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, and Hungary.

1876 Francis George Adair Roberts joined Boake in partnership.

1888 The business became A. Boake, Roberts and Co.

1897 The business was incorporated as a limited liability company and began to manufacture flavouring essences and essential oils. The company was registered on 4 May to take over the business of manufacturing chemists of the firm of the same name. [1]

c1900 The headquarters moved to Carpenters Road, Stratford.

1922 British Industries Fair Advert (double paged) as Compounders of Fruit Essences and Flavouring Essences of all kinds: Trufruit Extracts; Mineral Water Essences; Confectionery Essences; Non-alcoholic Essences; Abrac Flavours; Fruit Wine Essences; Liqueur Flavours. Special Chemicals for: Perfumery; Confectionery; Brewing; Mineral Waters; Sugar; Varnishes. Also as Manufacturers of: Fine and Heavy Chemicals; Intermediates; Solvents; etc., and as Distillers of Essential Oils; Terpeneless Oils and Sesquiterpeneless Oils. (Stand Nos. A.40 and A.52) [2]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of: Fine, Technical and Pharmaceutical Chemicals; Solvents; Plasticisers; Intermediates; Phosphates; Sulphur Dioxide; Sulphites; Ester Gum; Preservatives; Brewing and Wine Specialities; Food Colours; Essential and Terpeneless Oils; Compounded Perfumes; Flavouring Essences. (Stand Nos. K.81 and K.86) [3]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of: Solvents; Plasticisers; Metallic Soaps; Driers; Ester Gums; Perfumery Chemicals; Synthetics; Isolates; Essential Oils; Terpeneless Oils; Compound Perfumes; Flavourings; Food Colours; Preservatives; Emulsifying Agents; Saponines; Monostyrene; Phosphates; Sulphites; Sulphur Dioxide; Intermediates. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1054)

1947 Also as Manufacturers of: Flavours for every purpose including the unique "Drydex" series of Powdered Foodstuffs; "Olio" Fat; Soluble Flavours; "Abracol" Emulsifiers for Foodstuffs; Headings; Preservatives; Caramel and other Harmless Colourings; Aldone Flavour Bases. (Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 741) [4]

1940s-1950s Factories were established at Walthamstow, Waltham Forest, London; Rainham, Havering; Letchworth, Hertfordshire; and Widnes, Halton.

1966 Stafford Allen and Sons, W. J. Bush and Co, and A. Boake, Roberts and Co all joined forces to become Bush Boake Allen.

1978 The combined businesses were taken over by Albright and Wilson Ltd

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1922 British Industries Fair Adverts xxxii and xxxiii; and p9
  3. 1929 British Industries Fair p23
  4. 1947 British Industries Fair p34
  • [1] The Pharmaceutical Industry: A Guide