Catalogue description CHILTONIAN LTD

This record is held by Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre

Details of A80/28
Reference: A80/28

Administrative, financial, personal and other records of Chiltonian Ltd (biscuit manufacturers)

Date: 1854-1980

This list has been largely arranged according to the list made at the firm's premises prior to transferral to the Local Studies Centre.

Held by: Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Chiltonian Ltd., 1933 - 1980, Lee, biscuit manufacturers

Prefecta Foods, biscuit manufacturers

Physical description: 668 files
Immediate source of acquisition:

The following items were received from Chiltonian Ltd, Manor Lane, SE12, per Mr Alec King, in 1980.

  • Food industry
Administrative / biographical background:

Chiltonian's were a biscuit manufacturers, based at Manor Lane, Lee.


The business takes its name from the maiden name of the founder's mother, Mary Chilton. The business had its origins in 1908 when Arthur Chilton King purchased Perfecta Foods which had been trading in dog biscuits and poultry foods. In 1911, their baking plant was erected near Hither Green Railway Station. The firm expanded during the Great War making biscuits for the Army. When peace came, the product range expanded into fancy biscuits. A new and larger premises was constructed at Manor Lane, Lee in 1924-1925. Up to now, it had been a partnership between Arthur, Herbert and Harold King, but in 1933 they adopted limited liability status and the company was called Chiltonian Ltd. Once again, during 1939-1945, Service contracts dominated the company's orders. New management structures, a national sales force and the introduction of newer machinery followed 1945. Uk braned tonnage peaked in 1973 and the company joined a new food group, the Dawnay Day Group. However, Dawnay Day eventually decided to concentrate on its City interests and Chiltonian became part of the Amalgamated Biscuits Group in 1980.

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