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Frederick Morris, of Stratford-upon-Avon (1904-1981)


Miscellaneous papers, photographs and printed material, from the collections of Frederick Morris, mainly relating to the firm of F. Kendall Sons, brewers' chemists of Stratford-upon-Avon Frederick Morris was born in West Bromwich and brought up in Wilmcote. He started working for F. Kendall Sons in 1917 as an office boy and remained with the firm throughout his career, retiring in 1970 as Company Secretary and a Director. He spent his married life in Kendall Avenue, Stratford, which had been built by the firm for their employees. Frederic Kendall (1809-1883) moved to Stratford, taking over, in 1836 the chemist's shop at 36 High Street, formerly run by S.C. Price. The business prospered and in 1838 he moved to more spacious premises at no. 33 High Street where he could more easily manufacture his preparations. In 1841 he was one of the founding members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Always interested in the preservation of foodstuffs, by 1866 Kendall was manufacturing bisulphite of lime, used largely in the brewing industry. After complaints about the 'noxious effluvia', this part of the business was moved to the old lime-works near the canal. The chemist's shop in High Street was handed over to his assistant Richard Hawkes in 1873 Kendall carried on his pioneering work in the application of science to brewing, with increased manufacture of sulphites, bisulphites of lime and other alkalines. After his death in 1883 the brewing chemicals business, allied to the analysis of water for brewers, was carried on by his son George Frederic as F. Kendall Son and continued to trade until the 1970s, being registered as a limited liability company in 1902 Not all the firm's customers were brewers, but they formed the bulk of the trade, the principal local customer being Flower and Sons, whose old brewery site Kendalls took over in 1910. The business also had offices in France and agents in Australia.

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Related material

DR 197: Records of the firm of F. Kendall Sons, brewers chemists, 1845-1966

Custodial History

Depositor was a Director of the firm