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Crosse and Blackwell

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Mushroom Ketchup.
October 1963. Vegetable Soup.

of 20 Soho Square, London, W1. (including Crosse and Blackwell Manufacturing Co, E. Lazenby and Son, James Keiller and Son) - 1929

Ditto Address. Telephone: Gerrard 9261. Cables: "Unexcelled, London" - 1947

1830 West and Wyatt was purchased by Edmund Crosse and Thomas Blackwell when they founded their company.

1831 Mention of Mr Blackwell of 11 King Street, Soho. [1]

1833 Advert for Crosse and Blackwell of the 'old-established' Fish Sauce Warehouse, 11 King Street, Soho, London. [2]

1835 Advert for Crosse and Blackwell Florence Cream for salads, lobsters etc., and Soho Sauce and Dinmore's Essence of Shrimps. Manufactory at 11 King Street, Soho. [3]

1851 Employing 50 men, 56 women and 10 boy [4]

1861 Employing 102 men, 16 boys, 84 women at Crosse and Blackwell, Soho Square, London [5]

1871 Edmund Meredith Crosse is part of the business and Thomas Francis Blackwell, sons of the founders

1873 Death of William Blackwell age 64 'for many years connected with Crosse and Blackwell'. [6]

1892 The company was registered on 24 June, to take over the business of the firm of the same name, preserved provision manufacturers. [7] [8]

1912 Fire at their warehouse at Nine Elms [9]

1914 Export oilmen and preserved provision manufacturers. [10]

1920 The business combined with James Keiller and Son; E. Lazenby and Son; Alexander Cairns and Sons; Cosmelli Packing Co; Robert Kellie and Son and Batger and Co. [11] [12]

1920 Robert Just Boyd is Chairman [13]

1928 James C. Goff is Managing Director [14]

1929 The company became famous for its Branston Pickle, which was registered in this year.

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Preserved Meats, Fish, Fruits, Vegetables, Pickles, Sauces, Condiments, Jams, Marmalade, Jellies, Invalid Foods, Essences, Custard Powders, Confectionery and Non-Alcoholic Beverages. (Stand Nos. K.20 and K.33) [15]

1937 With the Distillers Co, Crosse and Blackwell held a controlling interest in the British Vinegar Co[16].

1947 British Industries Fair Advert: 'The acknowledged standard throughout the World for Quality Foods.' Manufacturers of Piccalilli, Pickles, Anchovy Sauce, Curry Powder, Table Salt, Vinegar, Mayonnaise, Olive Oil, Capers, Soups, Olives, Sausages, Meat and Fish Pastes, Beans, Peas, Oatmeal, Mushrooms, Parmesan Cheese, Essences, Christmas Puddings, Mincemeat. (Foodstuffs etc. Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stands No. 737 and 738) [17]

1960 The company was bought by Nestle.

2002 Nestle sold the company to Premier International Foods

Today, the Crosse and Blackwell brand is part of 'The J.M. Smucker Company' family of products.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Standard, Thursday, June 02, 1831
  2. The Morning Post, Wednesday, December 04, 1833
  3. The Bury & Norwich Post, & East Anglian: Or, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridge, and Ely Intelligencer, Wednesday, June 24, 1835
  4. 1851 Census
  5. 1861 Census
  6. The Pall Mall Gazette, Tuesday, September 23, 1873
  7. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  8. The Times, Friday, Jun 24, 1892
  9. The Times, Monday, May 13, 1912
  10. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  11. The Times, Monday, Jan 13, 1919
  12. The Times, Saturday, Mar 13, 1920
  13. The Times, Thursday, May 27, 1920
  14. The Times, Tuesday, Jun 19, 1928
  15. 1929 British Industries Fair p45
  16. The Times, 28 May 1937
  17. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 310; and p74
  • [1] Crosse and Blackwell Website
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5