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W. Symington and Co

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June 1911. Salanaise.
January 1929.
May 1931.
June 1933. Jelly crystals.
November 1933. Symingtons.
January 1934.

of Market Harborough, maker of Symington's soups, sweet creams and jelly crystals.

1827 Company established by William Symington (1809-1898), selling teas, coffees and groceries

1852 Developed pea flour, which was particularly popular with the military

1898 Death of William Symington

1901 Among the first to promote a healthy diet in connection with their Egyptian food range

1907 Introduced a range of dried foods including soups, gravy improvers, custard, jellies, table creams.

1909 Samuel Symington (1841-1909), head of the company, died; his son Howard Watson Symington succeeded him; he introduced the first coupon-based customer promotion.

1936 Major push on advertising which made the company a household name,

1964 Maker of dehydrated soups, table creams and other foods. Ordered a De la Rue Bull computer[1]

1969 Acquired by J. Lyons and Co; together with the products of another new purchase, Chalmar Holdings, under the Margetts brand, and Lyons own products, all of these companies's products would be sold through Lyons' Catering Sales division[2]

1971 Extended their manufacture of own-label goods for supermarkets by developing unique products.

1990 Dominating the own-label trade in soups

Became Symington's

Another branch of the family:

1846 Dissolution of the Partnership between William Symington and James Symington, of Market Harborough, in the county of Leicester, lately carrying on business there in copartnership, as Drapers and Clothiers, on the 25th day of March 1846[3]

1897 Dissolution of the Partnership between Walter Taplin Symington and George Joshua Thwaites, carrying on business as Grocers and Provision Dealers, at Market Harborough, in the county of Leicester, under the style or firm of Symington and Thwaites, as and from the 31st day of December, 1897. All debts ... will be received and paid by the said George Joshua Thwaites who will henceforth carry on the said business alone under the said style or firm of Symington and Thwaites.[4].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec. 17, 1964
  2. The Times Apr. 9, 1969
  3. London Gazette 8 Feb 1848
  4. London Gazette 2 Feb 1900