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of Manvers Street, Bath, Somerset. Telephone: Bath 3291-2. Cables: "Unexcelled, London"
Export Agents: Crosse and Blackwell, Limited. Soho Square, London, W1.
c1750 Dr William Oliver (1695-1764), of Bath, invented a hard, dry biscuit made from flour, butter, yeast and milk; often eaten with cheese. This biscuit became known as a Bath Oliver.
When Dr. Oliver died, he bequeathed to his coachman, Mr. Atkins, the recipe for the famous Bath Oliver biscuit, together with £100 and ten sacks of the finest wheat-flour. Mr. Atkins promptly set up his biscuit baking business and became rich.
Later the business passed to a man named Norris who sold out to a baker called Carter. After two further changes of ownership, the Bath Oliver biscuit recipe passed to James Fortt.
1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of "Fortts" Original Bath Oliver Biscuits. (Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 737)