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 163,107 pages of information and 245,598 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.

Kearley and Tonge

From Graces Guide

Tea and Produce Merchants, of Mitre Square, London, E.C.

1876 Company founded by Hudson Ewbanke Kearley and and Gilbert Augustus Tonge with the objective of selling tea direct to consumers rather than through wholesalers.

1878 Began retailing its own products at a shop in Brentford

1880 Began supplying other provisions to retailers

1887 The company became known as Kearley and Tonge

By 1890 had 200 branches known as International Stores.

1895 Incorporated as a Limited Company.

1895 International Tea Company's Stores was formed for acquiring and extending the wholesale tea, provision and food produce importers of Messrs Kearley and Tonge including their 200 stores in various parts of the country[1]


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 20, 1895
  • Biography of Hubert Kearley, ODNB