HISTORY

Baxter Hoare – Over 130 years of history

Our history begins in 1883, when Frederick Baxter and Francis Hoare set up their freight forwarding company ‘Baxter Hoare & Co Shipping & Forwarding Ltd’. In the following years, Baxter Hoare increased their portfolio of products to include arranging travel for landed gentry looking to travel on ships and aeroplanes. Now, at 135 years old, Baxter Hoare look after business, leisure and trade fair travel for individuals and groups.

 

June 1883

June 18, 1883

June 1883

Brothers Frederick Baxter and Francis Hoare set up their freight forwarding company – Baxter Hoare & Co Shipping & Forwarding Ltd – on Southwark’s East Wharf in London.

June 1893

June 18, 1893

June 1893

Looking to branch out of the freight forwarding industry, Frederick Baxter and Francis Hoare decide to break into the travel business. They set up a division which arranges passages on ships for landed gentry. The business is a success and becomes more popular, year on year.

July 1909

June 18, 1909

July 1909

Louis Blériot; a French aviator, inventor and engineer, becomes the first person to fly a heavier-than-air craft across a large body of water when he crosses the English Channel in his Blériot XI monoplane. His flight from Calais to Dover takes 37 minutes. Baxter Hoare expands their operations to include flight arrangement.

February 1918

November 13, 1918

February 1918

September 1918 In September of 1918, the pioneer of auto renting, Walter L. Jacobs, at the age of 22, opens a car-rental operation in Chicago. Starting with a dozen Model T Fords, which he repaired and repainted himself, Jacobs expanded his operation to the point where, within five years, the business generated annual revenues of about $1 million.

November 1928

November 16, 1928

November 1928

LNER introduces the revamped Flying Scotsman service from London to Edinburgh. For this, the locomotives ran with a new version of the large eight-wheel tender which held nine long tons of coal. This and the usual facility for water replenishment from the water trough system enabled them to travel the 392 miles (631 km) from London to Edinburgh in eight hours non-stop.

June 1953

June 2, 1953

June 1953

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2 June, 1953 in Westminster Abbey. Her Majesty was the thirty-ninth Sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey. Queen Elizabeth II is the sixth Queen to have been crowned in Westminster Abbey in her own right, and the sixth monarch to reign since Baxter Hoare started trading.

June 1961

June 18, 1961

June 1961

Baxter Hoare decides to branch out into the trade fair travel industry. The company forges relationships with key exhibitions and trade shows around the world to become their official appointed travel and accommodation partner.

June 1976

June 18, 1976

June 1976

Baxter Hoare is purchased from Adolp Saphir by Bowater. Baxter Hoare is bought by United Dutch Brewery and moves head office to 35 Borough High Street. Offices are also opened at London Bridge Walk and Park Street. Baxter Hoare Shipping and Forwarding Ltd is rebranded Baxter Hoare Travel Ltd.

1982

October 23, 1982

1982

An external shot of Baxter Hoare, 1982.

1994

May 6, 1994

1994

Baxter Hoare is bought by Colin Saunders and moves to 51 Borough High Street.

1997

October 23, 1997

1997

Baxter Hoare at IFE (The International Food and Drink Event) 1997.

2010

October 23, 2010

2010

Adam White buys Baxter Hoare Travel and becomes the new owner and Managing Director.

2014

October 1, 2014

2014

Baxter Hoare relocates to current address, 61 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YF.

2015

October 23, 2015

2015

John Hussey retires after 49 years with Baxter Hoare Travel (having joined the company at the tender age of 16).

2015

October 23, 2015

2015

The Baxter Hoare team (as of October 2015).

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