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Hill, Evans & Co. - Malt Vinegar label
A Hill, Evans and Co. Malt Vinegar bottle - Clcik on image for a bigger picture. Hill, Evans and Co. Vinegar and British Wine Manufacturers

Hill, Evans and Co was founded by two Worcester chemists in 1830 and for the next century was the biggest vinegar works of its kind in the world. At one time they were famous for having the world's largest vat being 40 ft high and able to contain114821 gallons.

By the early 20th century the firm was producing two million gallons of malt vinegar per year which was sold all over the world.
It also produced many types of British wine such as raisin, gooseberry, orange, cherry, cowslip, elderberry and ginger, as well as fortified wines such as port and sherry. They also produced Robert Waters original Quinine wine, which was sent to the colonies as quinine acted as a defence against malaria.

Hill, Evans and Co. went on expanding throughout the 20th century buying up large amounts of property throughout Lowesmoor and St Martin's Gate, increasing the site to six acres. The company ceased trading in 1965, however many of the buildings still remain part of the estate. Future redevelopment is currently being discussed for the site.
A bottle label for Hill, Evans and Co. Malt Vinegar -  Click on image for a bigger picture
Robert Waters' Quinine Wine, produced by Hill Evans and Co. Ltd - Click on image for a bigger picture.
The front cover of a 1928 Lea and Perrins cookery book - Click on image for a bigger picture Lea and Perrins. Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce is perhaps the city's most famous product. It was first produced in Worcester by two chemists, John Wheeley Lea and William Perrins, and went on sale in 1837. It is still produced in the city today, although the origin of the recipe remains a mystery. Labels from the earliest bottles include the message: "..from the recipe of a nobleman of the county".
The story goes that this was Lord Sandys, a local aristocrat who had been Governor of Bengal. In 1835, Lord Sandys visited the shop of John Wheeley Lea and William Perrins asking for a recipe he had found in India to be made up. Lea and Perrins made an extra jar for themselves, but found they did not like the concoction and stored it in the cellar. Some time later they retasted the preparation to discover it was delicious.

Although today the ingredients are listed the exact recipe has never been revealed and remains a closely guarded secret by a handful of Lea and Perrins employees.
A conveyor belt for sauce crates at Lea and Perrins' Midland Road factory - Click on image for a bigger picture.
An advertisement for Birmingham sauce manufacturers, Holbrooks - Click on image for a bigger picture. Worcestershire Sauce - The Rivals. Lea and Perrins has not been the only Worcestershire sauce to be made. Its early success encouraged other firms to copy the recipe in competition. In 1906, Lea and Perrins took legal action against a Birmingham sauce manufacturer called Holbrooks, to try and restrict the use of the name "Worcestershire Sauce". The court decided that the name could be used by anyone, but only Lea and Perrins had the right to call theirs 'Original and Genuine'
Sauces were particularly popular during the 19th and 20th centuries as they gave flavour to otherwise plain food and helped tenderise tough cuts of meat. They were also useful for disguising the flavour of foods that were past their best.

Other Sauce factories that were run in Worcester were:
 A label for Mandarin sauce, produced by Waldren and Co. - Click on image for a bigger picture.
A bottle label for Stretton's sauce - Click on image for a bigger picture. Four Flags
Mellor & Co.
Waldren and Co
Stretton and Co.
An advertisement for Four Flags Worcestershire Sauce - Click on image for a bigger picture.

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Cinderella 's
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Hardy & Padmore
Harper & Co.
Heenan & Froude
Hill, Evans and Co.
James Archdale and Co.
Joseland & Sons Larkworthy & Co.
Lewis Clarke & Co.
Lea and Perrins
McKenzie and Holland
Mellor & Co.
Metal Box
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Robert Allen & Co.
Royal Worcester Spreckley Brothers Ltd. Stretton and Co.
Waldren and Co.
Williamson & Sons

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