Records of the Berwick Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd, salmon fishers, Berwick upon Tweed, England

Scope and Content

  • Annual accounts c1898-1964
  • Memorandum of association of 'The Berwick Shipping Company' c1856
  • Articles of agreement 'The Berwick Shipping Company' 1820
  • Photographs of fishermen at work c1950
  • Map of Berwick-upon-Tweed c1810

Negatives including:

  • Maps of the River Tweed and surrounding locality c1810
  • Correspondence with J Paxton regarding New Scotch Water 1868
  • Account of movements of stock c1852
  • Lists and amount of produce from the River Tweed c1796-c1856
  • Boat hire cash book, 1845
  • Minute book extracts 1833
  • Grant of fishing rights, c1500
  • General Survey of the Queen's Mail 'Towne of Berwick', c1562
  • Valuations of Old Shipping Company's stock 1800, 1860
  • Lists of charges at Port of Manchester
  • Conditions of work of fisherwomen, 1839
  • Convictions obtained for poaching 1847.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Old Shipping Co , shipping traders and salmon fishers, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England, was established at some point prior to 1766  by a group of local men, mainly coopers, who held shares in a small sailing fleet engaged in the London, coastal and foreign trade. As commodities included salmon, the company leased fishing rights on the river Tweed. Berwick Shipping Co was formed in 1820  by members of the Old Shipping Co and Commercial Shipping Co (established in 1798) of Berwick-upon-Tweed, with both the predecessor companies ceasing to trade that year. The new company worked the fisheries and continued the shipping trade. In 1837 steam vessels were introduced on the Hull, England; Leith, Scotland; and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, runs. In 1850  , the Berwick Shipping Co merged with the General Shipping Co of Berwick-upon-Tweed, established in 1825, and was incorporated in 1856  as Berwick Shipping Co Ltd . The shipping vessels were sold off in 1869 as business had become unprofitable and the company's name changed to Berwick Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd in 1872  . The company's main premises from 1901 to 1979 were at the old lifeboat station at Quayside, Berwick-upon-Tweed. New premises with facilities for deep freezing salmon were built at Spittal, Berwick-upon-Tweed, in 1964. In 1965, the company acquired the share capital of Border Fare Ltd, incorporated in 1962, a frozen food company. Berwick Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd was the first company to be re-registered as a public limited company in 1980. In 1987, the company became the Berwick Group Ltd. In 1989, the company reverted to trade under Berwick Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd . The company appears to have been taken over by Surrey Group Ltd in 1988 before being dissolved in 1990  .

Richmond, Lesley and Stockford, Bridget. Company Archives: The Survey of the Records of 1000 of the First Registered Companies in England and Wales (Gower: Aldershot, 1986)


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Gift : Berwick Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd : 1982

Gift : Berwick Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd via BAC : 1987 : ACCN 0092

Gift : University photographer : 1982-1983

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Records given to Lesley Richmond, Business Archives Council, by the company secretary in 1982.


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