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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0891
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Date(s): 1654-1946
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 11.17 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Fuller, Smith and Turner Ltd | brewers


Administrative/Biographical history:

The early history of the Brewery begins in 1699 when Thomas Mawson of Chiswick, brewer, was admitted to two cottages, a granary, orchard garden, and curtilage abutting on the road leading to Bedford House, Chiswick, on a conditional surrender by Thomas Warren which was made absolute in 1704, when the property was described as a messuage and brewhouse. Remaining in the Mawson family the Brewery passed to Matthias Mawson, Bishop of Ely and benefactor of Ely Cathedral and Kings College Cambridge. On his death in 1770 his estates were inherited by his niece Amy, wife of Charles Purvis of Darsham, Suffolk. The Brewery, with other properties in Chiswick, was sold by her son Charles in 1791, and bought by John Thompson of Chiswick, brewer, passing, on his death in 1808, to his sons Douglas and Henry. By this date the brewery was known as the Griffin Brewery. They became partners in 1822, but neither the partnership nor the Brewery prospered, and when their partnership was dissolved in 1829 financial difficulties were acute.

In 1829 John Fuller and Philip Western Wood, invested in third shares in the Brewery with Douglas Thompson, one of the previous owners. Wood died in 1832, and Thompson was finally bought out by Fuller in 1842. The partnership of Fuller, Smith, and Turner at the Griffin Brewery dates from 10 November 1846 when John Bird Fuller (son of John Fuller), then owner of the Brewery, entered into a partnership with Henry Smith and John Turner of Romford, brewers.

Fuller, Smith and Turner Ltd was registered as a limited liability company in August 1929 and in 1987 owned 135 public houses and 55 off licences.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Fuller, Smith and Turner Ltd, brewers, 1654-1946.

Records of the partnerships, and Brewery management including articles of partnership, 1822-1846; records of partnerships previous to the first partnership of Fuller, Smith, and Turner, 1808-1851; records of the partnerships of Fuller, Smith, and Turner, 1822-1923; valuations of the Griffin Brewery made in connection with changes of partnership, 1782-1845; litigation, 1715-1901; ledgers, 1832-1945.

Records of the Brewery estates, including: title deeds, 1654-1899; title deeds of a private estate of John Bird Fuller, 1675-1842; leases, 1791-1907; documents relating to mortgages, 1715-1861; series of numbered bundles of documents, mainly drafts and correspondence relating to the Brewery estates, 1695-1829; documents, mainly drafts and correspondence, relating to the Brewery estates, 1669-1944; schedules of deeds, 1791-1902; abstracts of title, 1671-1907; sales particulars, 1807-1934; plans, 1840-1903; insurance policies, 1868-1945; documents relating to licences, 1892-1946.

Also printed items, 1803-1946.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/0891/01: Brewery Management; ACC/0891/02: Property Records; ACC/0891/03: General Records.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1965.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July to October 2009

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