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Spiller and Browne

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1829 Joel Spiller established a flour milling business in Bridgwater

1832 From Bridgwater the business expanded to Bristol and Cardiff. The firm of Spiller and Browne was then founded.

1840s Joel Spiller and his partner, Samuel Browne, build the UK's second ever steam-powered mill.

On the death of Spiller, his cousin (also Joel) moved to Bridgwater to take over the business.

1855 the firm began to manufacture ships' biscuits. Grain offices were opened at Burton, Gloucester and Plymouth around this time.

1859 A bakery in Cardiff was acquired to make ships' biscuits, and subsequently some lines were introduced for feeding to dogs.

1889 The business was converted into a Limited Company under the title of Spiller and Co. (Cardiff) Ltd., and in the same year the name was changed again to Spillers and Bakers, as the firm joined forces with William Baker and Sons of Bristol.

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