SHC Reference2640
TitleG H SUCCESSORS (MERTON) LTD, PREVIOUSLY HADFIELDS (MERTON) LTD, PAINT AND VARNISH MANUFACTURERS AND DEALERS: COMPANY RECORDS
Date1917-1972
LevelCollection
ProvenanceDeposited by Friends' Provident Life Office in October 1981 upon the liquidation of the company. A register of land and buildings acquired in and after 1917, and tax allowances thereon, 1966-1972, has been retained by the depositor.
IntroductionHadfields (Merton) Ltd, were formed in 1917 to act as manufacturers of or wholesale or retail dealers in varnish, japans, enamels, colours, oils, paints, pigments, cements, dye wares and other such, and particularly to acquire the businesses of varnish, paint and enamel manufacturers carried on under the name of George Hadfield, Phipps Bridge, Merton and George Hadfield (successor to C H Blume), Western Road, Mitcham. These businesses were conveyed to the company by George Hugh Hadfield and Samuel Rogers Hadfield, both of whom were directors. The Merton company claimed to have been trading since 1840 (letterhead seen at the depositor's office), and it appears that George Hadfield, father of George Hugh and Samuel Rogers, had purchased Paul Addington's varnish works at Phipps Bridge in 1892. Addington was certainly already working there in 1851.

In 1969 the UK paint manufacturing business and trade name 'Hadfield', with the fox trademark, were sold to Bestobell Paints and Chemicals Ltd, and the parent company's name changed to G H Successors (Merton) Ltd. (A new company, called Hadfields (Merton) Ltd, was formed for the purposes of the transfer, to acquire the parent company's UK interests.) The parent company was purchased in 1972 by the Land and House Property Corporation, which was itself acquired by the depositor in 1978.
Access restrictionsThese records are closed to general public inspection. Requests for access should be directed to the County Archivist.
BibliographySee A N Montague 'A History of Phipps Bridge, Mitcham', chapter 7. Typescript, January 1980.
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