Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Trust Houses

From Graces Guide
1927.
May 1934.
1938.
May 1939.
April 1940.
1950.

Trust Houses Ltd, hotel operator

81 Piccadilly, London, W1.

1903 The Hertfordshire Public House Trust Company Ltd was founded to revive the standards of the old coaching inns.

1959 Opened the first Little Chef roadside restaurants near Reading.

1964 Acquired John Gardner (London) Ltd, contract caterers, which continued to operate on independent lines but took on the contract catering activities of the group; Lockhart Group including Peter Merchant Ltd were transferred to Gardner's[1]

1967 Controlled the country's largest industrial catering activity through John Gardner's[2]

Late 1960s The company began to develop Post House hotels

By 1970 the company owned and operated almost 200 hotels throughout the United Kingdom and overseas including the Grosvenor House, Hyde Park, Brown's, and Cavendish hotels. It provided other catering services, including industrial catering and 44 Little Chef roadside restaurants.

1970 Merger with Forte Holdings Ltd. to form Trust Houses Forte (THF)



See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Mar. 26, 1965
  2. The Times Sept. 6, 1967
  • Competition Commission report [1]
  • Biography of Charles Forte, ODNB