London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1989 - 1981

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:
  • Records of H Barber and Son Limited, salmon and eel merchants, and their subsidiaries including D. and J. Barber (Eels) Limited; Braddan Fishing Company Limited; Cahill and Young Limited; John T Clark Limited; U. C. Farmer Limited; A. Langley and Company Limited and E. F. Marchant Limited.
Extent: 79 production units.
Classification: BUSINESSES
Former Reference: Ms 19673- 744
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
Level of Description:

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Administrative History:
  • Henry Barber traded as a salmon factor from 1841. By 1855 he had a stand in Billingsgate market and by 1880 had leased shop 7 where the business remained until it went into voluntary liquidation in 1979. The limited company was formed in April 1925. It specialised in salmon, but also dealt in eels through subsidiaries.

    Subsidiaries of H Barber and Son Limited included:

    - D and J Barber (Eels) Limited, formerly John and Paul (Eels) Limited, eel merchants, trading from13b Lovat Lane (they were taken over and renamed in 1960);
    - Braddan Fishing Co Limited, formed in 1952 to manage salmon fishings;
    - Cahill and Young Limited, a defunct Irish company which was acquired ca. 1954 and used to purchase the Galway fishery;
    - John T Clark Limited, a Billingsgate company taken over ca. 1960;
    - UC Farmer Limited, a Billingsgate company formed in 1965;
    - A Langley and Co Limited, cooked eel merchants, trading from 28 Monument Street;
    - EF Marchant Limited, a Billingsgate company taken over in 1964.
Creator: Various.
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • Deposited at Guildhall Library in 1982. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 2018
Arrangement: The collection is arranged in sub-fonds as follows:
CLC/B/109-01: H. Barber and Son Limited;
CLC/B/109-02: D. and J. Barber (Eels) Limited;
CLC/B/109-03: Braddan Fishing Company Limited;
CLC/B/109-04: Cahill and Young Limited;
CLC/B/109-05: John T Clark Limited;
CLC/B/109-06: U. C. Farmer Limited;
CLC/B/109-07: A. Langley and Company Limited;
CLC/B/109-08: E. F. Marchant Limited.