Company: Thomas White & Co Ltd

Registration number: 41204

Company name: Thomas White & Co Ltd
Dates in business: 1894-1978

Type of business: drapers and furnishers

Type of company: Private limited liability company

  • Union Street, Aldershot, Hampshire, England
  • High Street, Aldershot, Hampshire, England
  • Lynchford Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, England
  • Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, England

Management of company

The first managing directors were William Trotter Robertson and Henry Harris Gotelee.

Company history

On 22 May 1894, Thomas White & Co was incorporated as a limited liability company, Thomas White & Co Ltd, to carry out the business of military outfitters, camp furnishers, furniture dealers and manufacturers, drapers and furnishing and general warehousemen. The company's registered offices were at 23 Union Street, Aldershot, England. In 1964, these changed to 105 Victoria Street, Westminster, England.

The company received royal warrants as military outfitters and upholsterers to King George V in 1901 and again in 1911. By the 1930s, the company traded from two sites in Aldershot and one, which was largely rebuilt in 1939, at the corner of Lynchford Road and Camp Road in Farnborough, Hampshire, England. In 1961, the company was acquired by Army & Navy Stores Ltd, department store retailers, of London, England. The Farnborough store and the Union Street store in Aldershot were sold, and in 1964, the remaining Aldershot store was extended and modernised. In 1973, Army & Navy Stores Ltd, together with Thomas White & Co Ltd, was acquired by House of Fraser Ltd, department store retailers, of Glasgow, Scotland.

The company ceased to trade in January 1974 and was liquidated in 1978.

Records held for Thomas White & Co Ltd:

FRAS 646
Title: Certificate of incorporation
Date: May 1894
FRAS 644
Title: Memorandum and articles of association
Date: 1894-1961
FRAS 645
Title: Minutes of general meetings of shareholders
Date: 1930-1961
FRAS 643
Title: Minutes of meetings of board of directors and general meetings of shareholders
Date: 1931-1976
FRAS 647
Title: Register of directors
Date: 1894-1929
FRAS 648
Title: Combined register
Date: 1894-1973
FRAS 812
Title: Share certificates
Date: 1894-1961
FRAS 810
Title: Letters to Army & Navy Stores Ltd on pension fund
Date: 1963
FRAS 653
Title: Abstract of title of Henry Harris Gotelee and Robert Loveband to property in Aldershot
Date: 1894
FRAS 655/2-3
Title: Royal warrants appointing Thomas White & Co Ltd upholsterers and military outfitters at Aldershot
Date: 1901, 1911
FRAS 816
Title: Agreement for purchase of business of Thomas White & Co Ltd by Army & Navy Stores Ltd
Date: 1975
FRAS 649
Title: Annual statements of accounts
Date: 1967-1971
FRAS 650
Title: General ledger
Date: 1961-1974
FRAS 651
Title: Credit and sales book
Date: 1950-1962
FRAS 652
Title: Inventory and valuation of fixtures, fittings and furnishings in Farnborough and Aldershot stores
Date: 1957
FRAS 654
Title: Notice of sale of Aldershot premises of Thomas White & Co Ltd by Army & Navy Stores Ltd
Date: June 1964
FRAS 657
Title: Photographs of rebuilding of store in Union Street, Aldershot
Date: 1964
FRAS 813
Title: Photographs of departments
Date: c 1950s
FRAS 818
Title: Shields awarded to Thomas White & Co Ltd for decorated shop frontage and window display in Aldershot coronation celebrations
Date: 1953
FRAS 814
Title: Photograph of window display for sale in store in Union Street, Aldershot
Date: January 1964
FRAS 817
Title: Packet of needles
Date: 1920s
FRAS 815
Title: Correspondence and papers on acquisition of Thomas White & Co Ltd by Army & Navy Stores Ltd
Date: 1961
FRAS 675
Title: Notebook relating to Army & Navy Stores Ltd and its subsidiaries
Date: 1970s
FRAS 613
Title: Papers relating to liquidation of dormant subsidiaries of Army & Navy Stores Ltd
Date: 1978-1980
Includes balance sheets of Thomas White & Co Ltd, 1977-1979.

Related People and Companies:

Corporation name: Thomas White & Co
Dates of connection: 1894
Connection type: Thomas White & Co was incorporated as Thomas White & Co Ltd in 1894.
Corporation name: Army & Navy Stores Ltd
Dates of connection: 1961
Connection type: Army & Navy Stores Ltd acquired Thomas White & Co Ltd in 1961.
Corporation name: House of Fraser Ltd
Dates of connection: 1973
Connection type: House of Fraser Ltd acquired Thomas White & Co Ltd, as a subsidiary of Army & Navy Stores Ltd, in 1973.

Access points: Drapers - Furnishers - Furniture dealers - Furniture makers - Outfitters - Retail trade - Upholsterers

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