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John Thrift and Sons

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John Thrift and Sons Wholesale Grocers of Croydon.

At 18 John had moved to Hythe and was one of three working for the grocer Charles Day.[1]

1852 He left Kent and moved to Croydon to work as an assistant under James Graham West at 42 Church Street.[2][3]

1857 He had opened his own shop at 96 Church Street.

1859 Listed as John Thrift, Grocer and Cheesemonger of 91 Church Street.[4]

1871 Henry and William (John's Sons) are listed at his household.[5]

1888 Moved to 'Sandhurst' previously The Villa residence of Henry Reed.[6]

Business expanded elsewhere in Croydon and in Norwood, Mitcham and Sydenham. A warehouse was also constructed behind 96 Church Street and eventually on George Street near East Croydon Station circa 1893.[7][8]

Bacon-smoking, coffee-grinding and tea-smoking were processes undertaken in the new warehouse.[9]

c1890 Amalgamated with Herbert Gosney and Co. John's sons Henry and William join the business. It becomes John Thrift and Sons[10][11]

The firm of John Thrift & Sons, continued to trade until 1960, when it was sold to another grocery wholesaler, Edward Paul and Co of Camberwell.[12]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. Croydon Chronicle obituary
  3. Gray’s 1853 directory
  4. Gray’s 1859 directory
  5. 1871 census
  6. Ward’s directories
  7. History of John Thrift & Sons, Ltd
  8. 1903 Croydon Chronicle Obituary
  9. John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera 19 December 1896
  10. History of John Thrift & Sons, Ltd
  11. Ward’s directories
  12. Croydon Advertiser, 26 August 1960