Tuesday 8 January 2013 1.33am
I am new to "London SE1" forum. I have have joined to ask for some help into my family's History.
Most if not all of you will know the beautiful Hop Exchange
Building in Southwark Street
. You will also know That it was built in 1869 for trading in Hops where dealers brought and sold consignments of Hops. Just like the Corn Exchange and the Stock Exchange.
Although the area was the centre of the brewing industry in the later half of the 19th century the Hop exchange was not very successful; mainly due to trade only being active for about two months of the year around the hop harvest.
What is not so well known is that the Hop Exchange
building was also used by "The Egg Exchange" where consignments of eggs were traded.
This is where my family comes in. My Grandfather Samuel Klein aged 20 came to England with his father Joseph from Budapest Hungary in 1904. In Budapest Joseph was a dealer on the Hungarian Egg Exchange. He set up his son as a dealer on the Egg exchange in Southwark Street
and then returned to Budapest.
I learnt that my Grandfather's first Office was 5, The Hop Exchange
. Today I had the great pleasure to be shown round the Building by the manager Mark Phillips. We saw the office from which my Grandfather worked 108 years ago. Quite an experiance for me. Enough about my family.
I have been attempting to search for records of the Egg Exchange. So far I have had no success. Neither the GLC Archives nor the Museum for London have any known records of this exchange.
I am therefore posting this request on your site to enquire if anyone knows anything about the History of the Egg Exchange or the whereabouts of their records.
From my Mother I was told that my Grandfather went every day to the Exchange in Morning Suit and Top Hat, as they would have done in those days. This would have been in the 1920's as she was born in 1913. In my family research I have found one embarrassing truth about my Mother's stories. They were much exaggerated to the extent of being untrue. As we have records of his first Office [see above] the Exchange was trading in 1904. Mark Phillips [current manager] tells me that there was a fire around 1920 that destroyed the top two floors. If Exchange stopped trading and ceased to exist from the time of the fire then my Mother's story is doubtful!
If anyone can throw some light on the history of the Egg Exchange and/or the whereabouts of any records I would be most grateful to hear from them.
My Grandfather lived in the Borough until 1940. His son Dan also lived in the borough until he retired in the early 1970's. In 1908 Samuel left his father's employment and set up on his own. In the same year he married Nelly Perry from Smethwick nr Birmingham and moved to 170 Camberwell Road SE5 and traded under the name Parry & Co. incorporated around 1920. [No it is not a typing error: the difference between the "a" and the "e" caused me considerable problems !!] At its height the company had some 50 shops mostly in SE London close to the Thames. Again if anyone can remember or knew of this business I would be very pleased to hear from them.
Do you have - Photographs
- Newspaper articles
or even know that you parents or Grandparents worked for the company or traded with them?
I eagerly look forward to hearing from as many people as possible.