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 163,136 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.


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January 1929. Green Ginger Wine.
1929. British Industries Fair catalogue
May 1935. Tonic water.
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of Marble Arch House, 1 Connaught Place, London, W2, and branches. Telephone: Paddington 2150 (3 lines). Cables: "Celebrated, Padd. London". (1929).

of Marble Arch House, 4 Connaught Place, London, W2. Telephone: Ambassador 3081. Cables: Ditto. (1947).

1780 Schweppes was founded in 1783 (1780?) by a German-born Swiss jeweller and amateur scientist named Jacob Schweppe, who discovered a way of producing carbonated water on a commercial scale.

1792 The Schweppes brand arrived in Britain, with the opening of the first factory on Drury Lane, London. The Schweppes product range included its classic Schweppes Lemonade, original Schweppes Bitter Lemon, Schweppes Indian Tonic Water and Schweppes Ginger Ale, and a variety of juices.

1793 After disagreements within the company, it was decided that Jacob Schweppe would keep the London business.

1798 Jacob Schweppe sold three-quarters of the business.

1830s Company produced a range of carbonated drinks, including lemonade.

1837 Company received a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria.

1870 Company extended the range, introducing Indian Tonic Water and American Ginger Ale.

1896 Opened a large bottling plant in West Hendon, the site was chosen as it was near an artesian well and because of its proximity to Edgware Road and the Midland Railway[1]

1897 Became a public company - Schweppes Ltd - the company was registered on 6 May, to take over the business of mineral water manufacturers of J. Schweppe and Co. [2]. The company was one of those promoted by E. T. Hooley[3].

1929 British Industries Fair Advert for 'The Table Water of Kings'. Also Cordials, Devonshire Cider prepared only from the finest English apples) and Household Wines (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Mineral Waters. (Foodstuffs etc. Section - Stand Nos. K.40 and K.49) [4].

1947 British Industries Fair Advert in conjunction with Kia-Ora for Table Waters, Fruit Squashes and Cordials. Manufacturers of Soda Water, Tonic Water, Ginger Ale (Dry and Sweet), Lemonade, Ginger Beer and Still Malvern Water. Also Lemon Squash, Orange Squash, Lime Juice Cordial, Grapefruit Squash and Lemon Barley Water. (Foodstuffs etc. Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 742) [5].

1951 Advert on this page for Fruit Squashes. [6].

1957 Acquired L. Rose and Co

1959 Acquired Chivers and Sons and William P. Hartley[7]

1961 Employs 10,000 persons. [8].

1964 Formation of new subsidiary Chivers-Hartley, controlled by the existing subsidiary Connaught Food Products which also covered William Moorhouse and Sons and P. H. Baker (Foods)[9]

1968 Acquired Typhoo Tea which, became part of the growing foods division, together with Chivers and Rose's soft drinks and other products[10]

1969 Acquired Kenya Coffee Co[11]

1969 Cadbury Brothers merged with Schweppes which formed Cadbury Schweppes

2008 Cadbury Schweppes was split into Cadbury plc and Schweppes which was acquired by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group of USA.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. The affairs of Mr E T Hooley - The Times, 25 July 1898
  4. 1929 British Industries Fair Advert 47; and p148
  5. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 314; and p242
  6. [1] History World
  7. The Times Dec. 3, 1960
  8. 1961 Guide to Key British Enterprises
  9. The Times Dec. 19, 1963
  10. The Times Jan. 24, 1968
  11. The Times Jan. 3, 1969
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5
  • [2] Coca-Cola Website