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1 November 2019


This is the Dairy Supply Company building, on the corner of Coptic Street just south of the British Museum, which was built in 1888. George Barham (1836-1913) founded his business in the 1860s when the outbreak of cattle plague was severely impacting the supply of milk to cities. He imported it directly from Derbyshire farms to Bloomsbury and was soon providing almost fifty per cent of London’s milk. He also began to design and manufacture dairy utensils. Picture in your mind a Victorian galvanised iron milk churn; that was one of Barham’s inventions for transportation. Image © Historic England

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