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.