Since the granting of Hull’s charter in 1299
the economic success of the city has been founded on the strength
of its local businesses enterprises. Whilst Hull’s maritime
heritage is well known (and has been dealt with on our Martime Sources
section of the website) the diversity of businesses that
have existed in the city is less well known. Retailers, engineering
and manufacturing companies, catering firms, architects, solicitors
and accountants have come and gone over the centuries but all have
contributed to the character of the city.
The History Centre holds a wide variety of
collections of business records documenting the rich and varied
economic history of the city. Many of these collections have been
catalogued under the reference prefix of C DB*, although further
records may also be found under the references C DI*, C DMX, and U
Records relating to people involved in
businesses also form part of our holdings. Notably this includes a
large collection of apprenticeship agreements [C BRG]. Further
records relating to individuals involved in local business might
also be found by searching our online catalogue using an
individual’s name. A key source for trying to track a business are
the trade directories.
Whilst many smaller collections are also held,
the following represent some of our more extensive holdings:
Solicitors and Land Agents:
& Son - land agents [C DBHT], Graham & Rosen Solicitors
[C DDGR], Moss and Lowe Solicitors, later Sandersons [C DMSA],
Stamp Jackson and Procter Solicitors [C DMS, U DSJ], John Henry
Shepherd [U DDSH], John Lockwood [U DDJL], Crust, Todd and Mills [U
Manufacturing and Engineering
Andrews, Organ Builders [L DBFA], Priestman Brothers Ltd
Engineers [C DBPM, C DBSP], Rose, Downs and Thompson Ltd.
Engineering and Plant Machinery Manufacturers [C DBR, U DX/201, U
DX/249], Hull Hide Skin and Fat Company [C DBHS], Premier Oil, Cake
Company Ltd [C DBPO], Needler’s Ltd Confectionary Manufacturers [U
DNE, U DX/339], Kay and Backhouse Ltd Agricultural & Diary
Engineers, Blundell, Spence & Company and Associated Companies
Paint Manufacturers [C DBBS].
Group Plc [C DBCO], Tealby & Co. Ltd Timber Merchants,
Horsley Smith & Co. Ltd Timber Firm, King and Co. Ltd, Iron
Mongers and Building Merchants [C DBKC], R. Field and Company,
Cafe's and Groceries [C DBF], G.T. Earle Ltd. [C DBEL], Hessle Gas
Company [C DBHG].
A Brown & Sons, Printers and Booksellers [C DBAB], Hull
Printers Ltd [U DHP].
Hull Exchange Co. Ltd [C DBHE], Sun Fire Offices Insurance [U
DX/43], Kershaw & Sons Insurance Agents [C DBK], Hull and
Eastern Counties Mutual Plate Glass Insurance Company Limited [C
DBPG], Richards, Hibbert and Co, Incorporated Marine and General
Insurance Brokers [C DISE].
Breweries and Public
Dart Hotel and the Old English Gentleman Public House, Hull [C
DBTP], North Country Brewery Ltd formerly Hull Brewery of Silvester
St, Hull [C DBNC].
Hodgson, Harris and Co. and successors [C DBHH], Downs Kidsons [C
Blackmore, Sykes and Company [C DBB], Francis Johnson &
Partners [U DFJ], Fisher, Hollingworth and Partners, formerly
T. Brownlow Thompson and Fisher [C DBFH].