Cropper Road Haulage Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Covent Garden Haulage Limited: Executive Board & AGM minutes, reports, etc, 1970-9; trading figures, 1967-72; list of member firms.

Meat Carriers Association Limited: includes Company returns, 1949-1979; Minutes, 1973-1978; Circulars, 1974-1979; Correspondence relating to winding-up, 1979.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ralph Cropper (fl 1949 - 1981), road haulier and transport consultant, was a founder member of Covent Garden Haulage Limited. This was established in 1967 as a consortium of London market hauliers, to enable its members to increase efficient handling of imported fruit and to direct this traffic into the member firms.

Cropper was a Director of Transport Counsellors (business advisers on road freight transport). He also served as secretary of the Meat Carriers Association (Southern) Limited, a trade association of meat haulage employers in London which negotiated directly with the TGWU and formulated its own rates. The Meat Carriers Association Limited (wound up in 1979) succeeded the Smithfield Meat Carriers Association Limited (1965-1974). In turn, this had succeeded the Wholesale Meat & Provisions Transport Association Limited (1945-1965). In 1949 the main activity of this association was described as being 'to represent the views of the chartered operators to Meat Transport Organisation Limited'. It had a period of inactivity before resuming its role in 1954.

Reference: Accession file and finding aid for MSS.331

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

This deposit includes material relating to the Meat Carriers Association (Southern) Limited (MSS.331/M). Other deposits relating to road haulage are the Road Haulage Association (MSS.234), the Charles Dunbar Papers (MSS.347) and G W Quick Smith (MSS.366). An authority file exists for Ralph Cropper (GB 152 AAR1178).

Custodial History

The material in this deposit derives from the activities of Ralph Cropper, road haulier and transport consultant. It was presented to the Modern Records Centre by Gordon Mustoe and Arthur Ingram, August 1993.

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