Scope and Content

The records are advertising publications, covering the range of Drake and Fletcher's products from the 1930's-1970's, a booklet of the firm's history 1965 and papers concerning printing block proofs [1920's] - [1930's]

Administrative / Biographical History

The firm was established in the 1880s as Drake & Muirhead, concerned with the repair of light domestic appliances such as sewing machines but in the 1890's branched out into hop spraying machinery and thereafter concentrated on spraying machinery as its principal item of manufacture. It also produced fruit packing and grading machinery. In 1890 the company was named the Kentish Engineering Works and became Drake & Fletcher in 1898. The limited company was formed in the mid 1920's and from 1958 onwards the firm has held the royal warrant. As well as spraying machinery, the firm also dealt in oast house equipment and fruit and vegetable grading and packing machinery.


P Publications, Promotions and Advertising Records

P2 Individual Advertising and Servicing Publications

P7 Records of Advertising Campaigns and Events

P8 Printing block proofs

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Material deposited in 1970 and 1975 T70/17 and T75/17


Compiled by Caroline Gould, 20 November 2002

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

Conditions Governing Use

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Geographical Names