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Brooke and Prudencio

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July 1936‎

of 124-32 Newfoundland Road, St. Pauls, Bristol

1889 Limited company registered on the 16th of August [1], as a partnership between Francisco Prudencio and Thomas Brooke. After the formation of the company, Brooke and Prudencio moved their bottling equipment from their existing factories on Captain Carey's Lane and Nine Tree Hill, both in Bristol, to a new factory at 124-32 Newfoundland Road, St Pauls, Bristol.

1898 Death of Thomas Brooke.

1908 Death of Francisco Prudencio.[2]

1914 'Manufacturers of the Highest-class Aerated Waters, Fruit Syrups, Cordials, &c., Neptune Works, 124-32 Newfoundland Road and Clement Street, Bristol. Hours of Business: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (later if necessary). Established in 1856 by Thomas Brooke. Continued in 1874 by Francisco Prudencio, trading as Batten and Prudencio. Joined in partnership in 1886 by John Wilcox and Francis Antonius Cotterell, at Ninetree Hill, Bristol. Incorporated as a Limited Company in 1889. Directors: Past—James Dole (Chairman), Henry T. Gratte, Thomas Brooke, John Wilcox, Francisco Prudencio, William Stevens, and Alderman Charles Newth, J.P. Present—C. Arragon Stevens (Chairman), Francis A. Cotterell (Managing Director), and C. B. P. Ball. Premises: Large block of buildings in a populous Bristol suburb, equipped with best modern machinery. Staff: Counting House, nine; Representatives, four; Hands, eighty to 100. Specialities: The best form of Aerated Waters, Fruit Syrups, Cordials, and Flavouring Extracts, in which all ingredients are direct and genuine Fruit and other products. Registered Trade-mark: Neptune with Trident, Dolphin, Anchor, and Monogram, enclosed in a double circle uniting the italics BP, each of which is inscribed with the name of which it is the initial letter. Connection: United Kingdom, Export. Telephone: No. 4.46 Bristol. Telegraphic Address: " Neptune, Bristol." Bankers: Stuckey's Banking Co., Ltd., Bristol.'[3]

1920 Francis Antonius Cotterell, Managing Director.[4]

1921 Company liquidated on the 11th of April and became part of Bristol Industries Ltd

1930s Factories at Duntshill Road, Wandsworth, London, and 102-3 St Thomas's Street, Portsmouth.

1944 Bottling plant on Davies Lane, Lewes, East Sussex.

1950s Portsmouth branch re-located to Gruneisen Road (which became a Corona Soft Drinks depot in 1958).

1960 Went into receivership on the 15th of January.

Newfoundland Road factory demolished in the early 1970s.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England.
  3. 1914 Who's Who in Business: Company B
  4. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 20 November 1920