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Thursday, 12 February 2009

Reeve & Co Margate




In the latter part of the 19th Century the mineral water trade Margate was huge supplying visitors and Hotels with mineral waters. Manufactured locally the trade was dominated by the big three, M.J.Harlow, Barrett & Co and Reeve & Co.
Throughout its history Reeve & Co manufactured and traded from the bottom end of Hawley Street opposite Love Lane and like the Cobb family the Reeve's were into everything and were successful in everything they did. They were even involved in local politics and there was even a Reeve who held the position of the Mayor of Margate. At one point in the nineteenth century the family name was Dalby Reeve and that was where the name Dalby Square originated. The Olde Charles public house is even a Reeve development, incidentally the name Old Charles refers to Charles Reeve not King Charles, but then I suppose King Charles is better marketing. A Reeve even married into the great showman come circus Sanger family.
In the summer of 2008 Mick Twyman and Alf Beeching published some research on Reeve & Co in the Margate Historical Society magazine Volume 11 number 2 which revealed that Reeve & Co even had a cannery on the Hawley Street site and they canned Margate Herrings amongst other things. I have attached the article for downloading.
For reference the Margate Museum does has further research on Reeve, Dalby Reeve and Sanger Reeve for public viewing.

3 comments:

ascu75 aka Don said...

I was going to rent the Reeve building once but it all fell though. I have a Reeve and co soda syphon in clear and two in blue plus a couple of Ginger beer bottles. One of the Reeve family donated the land for Saint pauls church (see our website) all in all the family were good for Margate.cheers Tony welldone again. Don

Tony Beachcomber said...

Don, the Reeve soda syphon bottles in Blue are worth hanging onto if they are acid etched. The rarest Reeve bottle of them all are the Codds bottle in green aqua with a blue marble.

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