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Spicer Brothers

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1917. From The Year-Book of Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony

of 19 New Bridge Street, London

1796 Company established in Alton, Hants.

1823 John Edward Spicer (presumably) set up business in London. He had 3 sons - one of whom was James.

1847 Albert Spicer was born on 16 March at Clapham, Surrey, the second of four sons and sixth of ten children of James Spicer (1807–1888), a wholesale stationer of Woodford Green, Essex, and his wife, Louisa. Albert was educated at Mill Hill School and was then sent to Heidelberg where he learned to speak German fluently.

1864 John Edward Spicer died leaving his stationer's business at 182 New Bridge Street, London, to his three sons. Following a disagreement between them, James Spicer started another paper merchant firm, James Spicer and Sons at 50 Upper Thames Street, London. His two brothers, meanwhile, continued the existing business in New Bridge Street, under the name Spicer Brothers.

1889 The company was registered on 15 November, to take over the business of the firm of the same name, paper makers, wholesale stationers and paper merchants. [1]

1914 Paper and envelope manufacturers, wholesale and export stationers. Specialities: every class of paper and boards; "Dade", "St. George" and "Uneed" loose leaf ledgers; account books, envelopes, tags, cards, letter headings etc. [2]

1922 The two Spicer firms, James Spicer and Sons and Spicer Brothers, merged to form Spicers Ltd with an authorized and issued capital of £1.15 million. It owned Eynsford Mills in Kent and the Sawston Mills, Cambridgeshire; two factories in Southwark; and a new factory at Brimsdown, Middlesex.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  • Sir Albert Spicer, biography ODNB [1]