Scope and Content

  • Photograph of W G Hetherington, c1920s;
  • Photographs of W G Hetherington entertaining Creamola salesmen aboard his yacht, 1939 & 1947;
  • Works manual, c1960-1966;
  • Posters, 20th century;
  • Product packaging, 20th century;
  • Catalogue, 20th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

Creamola Food Products Ltd was founded by  William Galbraith Hetherington (d. 1948) in  1904  to manufacture a brand of custard powder in Glasgow, Scotland . In 1935 the company opened a new factory on Kinning Park Industrial Estate, Glasgow. Within 20 years this had become one of the largest food manufacturing factories in Scotland, and Creamola was a house-hold name. The company made a variety of products including: flavoured ground rice; custard powder; milk jellies; caramel desserts; foaming beverages; rice-custards; and steamed pudding mix.

Creamola Food Products Ltd was acquird by Rowntree in 1966, before coming under the banner of Nestle UK in 1988. It was sold off to Premier Foods becoming Rowlaw No 1 Ltd in 1991, and was dissolved in 1993.

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The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Permanent loan : family of W G Hetherington : July 1989 : ACCN 0106

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)3125) and London (NRA40101)

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

Received from the family of W G Hetherington, the founder of the company.


None expected

Related Material

See source list on Food and Agriculture available via the Glasgow University Archive Sevices home page at

GB 0193 Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, York University hold Records of Creamola Food Products Ltd. Rowntree/Crf [n.d.], including: AGM and directors' minutes; share registers and certificate books; correspondence; day book; and cash book 1898-1974.

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Location of Originals

This material is original, apart from UGD257/3, which consists of photocopies. The location of the originals of these photocopies is unknown.


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level compiled by Jenny Bunn, Assistant Archivist, 17 January 2000.

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 3 December 2002

Lower level descriptions revised by Alma Topen, Senior Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), and Stephen France, volunteer 2013.

Geographical Names