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 150,670 pages of information and 235,204 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.

George Harker and Co

From Graces Guide

of 70-72 Weston Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1. Telephone: Hop 1386. Cables: "Harkers, London". Saleroom: 9 Eastcheap, London, EC3. Telephone: Mansion House 3960

George Harker 1778-1863

  • 1826 George Harker and Co was founded by George Harker, at 27 Martin Lane in London, originally as a drysalters and stationers operating in dried fish, oil and spices.
  • Later the company extended their interests, becoming specialists in rice, pulses, dried fruit, canned goods, spices, nuts and foreign produce generally.
  • 1863 By the time George Harker died, at the age of 65, it had become what his bank described as a "a good and extensive business".
  • WWII. During the war, the factory was destroyed when bombed, but thanks to contingency plans, work continued the next day at another location.
  • Post-WWII. After the Second World War, there was a considerable change in food trading. Self-service grew extensively so goods such as dried fruit, nuts and pulses had to be sold individually packaged for the consumer.
  • George Harker Ltd was able to take advantage of this growth in pre-packaged food as they were already established as packers for customers’ own registered brands. The company grew into the new self-service market.
  • 1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Custard and Blancmange Powders, Baking Powder, Golden Raising Powder. Grinders and Pre-Packers of Pepper and Spice. Specialist Pre-Packers of Cereal Products. (Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 732) [1]
  • 1998 Merged with Demos Ciclitera.
  • Note: (09/08)
    • Demos Ciclitera Ltd has its own website: [1]


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