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H. D. Rawlings

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of 52 Neate Street, London, SE5. Manufacturers of Mineral Waters, Ginger Beer, and Lime Juice Cordial. Telephone: Rodney 5017-8. Cables: "Ginger Beer, Camber, London"

John Rawlings was an apothecary, dwelling in London, who applied to be made Free of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries on 22 August, 1754, finally achieving his freedom on 13 March, 1755.[1]

1770? Company established?

1861 Advertisement. 'RAWLINGS’ HIGHLY CARBONATED SODAWATER, AERATED LEMONADE, BRIGHTON and GERMAN SELTZERWATER. Prepared expressly for shipment, double copper wired. —For terms, apply to S. Rawlings, Counting-house, No. 8, Charles-street, Middlesex Hospital.'[2]

1853 The entire Rawlings empire eventually devolved onto one widow woman, Sarah Rawlings (nee Potter), the widow of John Rawlings), who was already in her fifties. She had working for her a young clerk called Henry Doo. She proposed to him, offering him control of the business, provided that he changed his name to Rawlings. He agreed and they were married, and Henry Doo became the principal of the company.

1871 Advertisement. 'H. D. Rawlings, Manufacturer of Mineral Waters. Nassau Street and Charles Street, Portland Place.'[3]

1891 R. Whites took control of H. D. Rawlings. [4]

1891 Incorporated as a Limited Company

1947 British Industries Fair Advert as Manufacturers of Table Waters, Cordials and Squashes, and all Varieties of Non-alcoholic Beverages. Agents for Essences suitable for Culinary, Confectionery and Mineral Water Trades. (Foodstuffs Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 586) [5]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Deryn Lake
  2. Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser - Tuesday 05 November 1861
  3. Morning Advertiser - Monday 02 September 1872
  4. [2] Britvic
  5. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 43; and 228