Company: William Harvey of Guildford Ltd

Registration number: 403637

Company name: William Harvey of Guildford Ltd
Dates in business: 1946-1951

Type of business: drapers

Type of company: Private limited liability company

  • High Street, Guildford, Surrey, England

Management of company

In 1950, the chairman was Mrs. Harvey, the widow of the founder of the company, the governing director was Gerald Henry Roxby Wilson, Mrs. Wilson's son-in-law, and the managing director was Denis Arthur Kingsley Pink. Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Harvey's daughter, was also on the board.

Company history

The business was founded in 1922 by William Harvey who purchased the goodwill and assets of a general drapery store in Guildford, Surrey, England. Harvey developed the store as a fashion house. On 24 January 1946, the business was converted into a private limited company, William Harvey of Guildford Ltd, with registered offices at 44-45 High Street, Guildford. In May 1948, the company took a long lease of a substantial property opposite the original premises and this new building was reconstructed into a modern shop. With the enlarged premises, the company experienced an increase in profits. The business specialised in ladies' and children's fashions and accessories but also carried a full range of other stock.

In 1950, the company approached Harrods Ltd offering the business for sale. The offer was rejected.

On 26 April 1951, William Harvey of Guildford Ltd went into voluntary liquidation and was reconstructed and registered on the same day as a new company but with the same name.

Records held for William Harvey of Guildford Ltd:

FRAS 639
Title: Certificate of incorporation
Date: January 1946
FRAS 640
Title: Annual returns
Date: 1930-1951
FRAS 634
Title: Photograph of William Harvey, founder of William Harvey of Guildford Ltd
Date: c early 1940s
FRAS 809
Title: Correspondence on proposed purchase of William Harvey of Guildford Ltd by Harrods Ltd
Date: 1950-1951

Related People and Companies:

Corporation name: William Harvey of Guildford Ltd
Dates of connection: 1951
Connection type: William Harvey of Guildford Ltd went into voluntary liquidation in 1951and was reconstructed and registered as a new company with the same name.

Access points: Drapers - Retail trade

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