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.

Smedley's

From Graces Guide
December 1933.
December 1954.

1924 Company formed by Samuel Wallace Smedley of Evesham when he bought the old Crosse and Blackwell jam making factory at Wisbech

1931 Built a factory at West Marsh Road, Spalding

1937 Opened a bottling plant at Evesham

1959 One of 7 firms in Britain distributing frozen food nationally[1]

1968 Imperial Tobacco Co acquired National Canning Co, owner of Smedley's

Smedley's became part of Imperial Foods

1972 Put into holding company with other subsidiaries of Imperial as Smedley-HP Foods

1972 One of the operating companies was Smedley Ross Foods Ltd., of Worstead, North Walsham.

1981 Smedley's, brand leader in canned goods vegetables, was separated from Imperial Foods[2] and merged into TKM Foods a leader in own-brand canned goods.

1983 Acquired by Hillsdown Holdings


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Sept. 25, 1959
  2. The Times Mar 13, 1981