Catalogue description J. & W. NICHOLSON & CO LTD (COMPANY & FAMILY RECORDS)

This record is held by Hackney Archives

Details of D/B/NIC
Reference: D/B/NIC

The records in this deposit do not constitute the whole of the Company archives. They include records of the partnership prior to the formation of the limited company, a substantial quantity of purchasing and accounting records, production records which include receipe books, sales records and some partial records of staff. Nicholsons loaned out money to many publicans and there are records of these loans and associated deeds. The premises at Bow, the Three Mills Distillery, were adjacent to the Lee and the changes to the course of that river, in many cases contended by the Company, are well documented. Members of the Nicholson family had an antiquarian interest in the history of the Three Mills site, and the collection also includes research papers.


In addition there are some records of two associated companies and a new trading venture, the Three Mills Bonded Warehouses Ltd.


The family interests were not always clearly distinguished from the business ones, but include wills of some of the Nicholsons and records of personal estates, including holdings at Stoke Newington, Middx, Sheffield and William Nicholson's estate at Cheriton, Hants. The latter is especially rich in estate deeds the earliest of which is 1597.




Oversize material divided.




The original deposit was arranged through the good offices of the Business Archives Council. No full history of the Company exists at present, though a typescript history was recorded as being in possession of a member of the family in 1980.


Listed by: Preliminary listing Business Archives Council. Sorted at H.A.D. by A.J.W.


Final list: DLM


Date: June 1986

Date: 1597-1958

D/B/NIC/1 Company records


D/B/NIC/1/1 Partnership records


D/B/NIC/1/2 Corporate records


D/B/NIC/1/3 Accounting and purchasing records


D/B/NIC/1/4 Production and stock records


D/B/NIC/1/5 Sales and customer records


D/B/NIC/1/6 Employee records; staff and director pictures etc


D/B/NIC/1/7 Premises and property records


D/B/NIC/1/7/1 Premises and property records prior to 1900


D/B/NIC/1/7/2 Copies of Acts and plans collected by Nicholsons prior to and in connection with opposition to the River Lee Watershed (Floods Prevention) Bill, 1920.


D/B/NIC/1/7/3 River Lee (Flood Relief etc) Act, 1930: opposition by Nicholsons.


D/B/NIC/1/7/4 Correspondence, plans and other documents concerning work carried out on the River Lea at Three Mills


D/B/NIC/1/7/5 Nicholsons & West Ham Corporation: exchanges of land ... at Three Mills.


D/B/NIC/1/7/6 Lee Conservancy Catchment Board Bill, 1937-38: opposition by Nihcolsons.


D/B/NIC/1/7/7 Lee Flood Relief Act and Thames Flooding; sluice gate work at Three Mills


D/B/NIC/1/7/8 Premises records after 1943, and site plans and photographs c1930 - 1950


D/B/NIC/1/7/9 Deeds of company premises (including property on which Nicholsons had advanced money)


D/B/NIC/1/7/10 Records of the Globe Public House, Baker Street


D/B/NIC/1/7/11 Records of the Glossop family and the Bunch of Grapes High Holborn


D/B/NIC/1/7/12 Deeds of the distillery site at Holborn and related property


D/B/NIC/1/7/13 Solicitors bills


D/B/NIC/1/8 Historical material, printed works and related items


D/B/NIC/1/9 Miscellaneous


D/B/NIC/2. Family and personal papers (including personal estate records)


D/B/NIC/3. Associated and absorbed company records

Held by: Hackney Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Physical description: 465 files
Access conditions:


Immediate source of acquisition:

Acc. Nos: 1980/30; 1982/6.


Dates of deposit: March 1980, March 1982.


Deposited by: The Company.


Condition of deposit: Indefinite loan

Administrative / biographical background:

The distilling business of J. & W. Nicholson had its origins in London in the 1730s. The two main distilleries were in Clerkenwell and at Three Mills, Bromley by Bow, where the Nicholson connection went back to 1773.


Nicholsons became a limited company in 1892, though it remained very much a family firm. In the period after the Second World War the company diversified into hotels and related areas. It is now part of the Allied Lyons Group, and has ceased to be directly involved in distilling, having been reconstituted as a catering company.

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