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F. Kendall Son, brewers' chemists of Stratford-upon-Avon


Records from the offices of F. Kendall Son, brewers' chemists of Stratford-upon-Avon, rescued on closure of the firm, by Frederick Morris 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 Kendallcarried 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 prinicipal 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. /1-329: business records /330-397: personal and miscellaneous For further information see J. Reinarz, ' Kendall Son, Stratford-upon-Avon: the business of a brewers' chemist in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries', Warwickshire History, vol XI, pp.108-119

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