Catalogue description RICHARD PYE & CO LTD. RECORDS 1806 - 1936

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Details of D/B/PYE
Reference: D/B/PYE
Title: RICHARD PYE & CO LTD. RECORDS 1806 - 1936

Bundle of 48 deeds relating to premises at 109, 110, 111, Britannia Street, 1, 2, 3, 4, Ebeneezer Street, 12-16 Westmorland Place and 25, 26, 105, 106, 107, 108. Britannia Street.

Date: 1806-1936
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Held by: Hackney Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Richard Pye & Co Ltd, 1850, Finsbury, cardboard box manufacturer

Physical description: 45 Files
Access conditions:


Immediate source of acquisition:

Date of Deposit: March 1970


Deposited by: Mr. Pye


Condition of Deposit: Indefinite Loan

Unpublished finding aids:

The deeds have been rearranged into groups of properties for this descriptive list; the numbers used are those of the original chronogical list - See Appendix.


D/B/PYE/19-24, 31, 32 Nos 109,110,111, Britannia Street, No 4, Ebeneezer Street. Part of the Mora Estate, held by W J Blake, bequeathed to nephew A M Blake, 1876. 80 year lease to James Kent, builder who erected the warehousing, 1899. Pye takes out mortgage on property; repaid 1912. Pye purchases freehold from Blake, 1912. 1899 1912


D/B/PYE/25-30,34,35 Nos 1,2,3 Ebeneezer Street, Nos 12,14, Westmoreland Place James Kent, builder purchases freehold from S. Bartholomews Hospital, 1907. R H Pye purchases freehold, 1912. 1906-1912


D/B/PYE/15-18,33 No 16, Westmoreland Place


Portion of the estate of Anne Stubbs Layton, in trust 1894. Conveyed to James Kent, builder, via J Watson, 1912.


R H Pye purchases freehold 1912. 1894-1912


D/B/PYE/35,40-45 Sub-Leases and agreements relating to above properties.


Leases to Richard Pye and Co Ltd. 1925, 1935.


Sub-Leases to Turrett Button Co Ltd. 1913, 1917.


Sub-Leases to London Automatic Machine Co Ltd. 1919, 1926.


Agreement with neighbours on Ancient Lights 1928. 1913 1936


D/B/PYE/1-14, 36-39 Nos 24,25,26,105,106,107,108 Britannia Street Mary Powell purchases freehold of seven plots in Moffatt (Britannia) Street. Properties descend to Bardwick family. Estate of Sarah Bardwick under trusteeship of the Ward family, 1864. Wm. Ward purchase freehold, 1913 : Sale particulars and abstract of title. 1806-1913


The above group of deeds form part of the archive of R Pye & Co, but there is no evidence of title having been conveyed to them. W & F Ward continue as owners after 1913.

Administrative / biographical background:

Richard Pye was established as a cardboard box manufacturer at St. John Street, Finsbury in 1850; in 1866 he expanded into additional premises at Nelson Street (latterly Mora Street) Finsbury. In 1899 the firm leased purpose built factory premises at Britannia Street, Shoreditch. In 1941 both Britannia Street and Mora Street were blitzed; the bomb that fell on the Mora Street premises destroyed virtually all the companies records. The Britannia Street site was rebuilt and reopened in 1949. In 1960 the company was taken over by C. A. Coutts Ltd.

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