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 18, 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 18, 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.
June 18, 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.
November 13, 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 16, 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 2, 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 18, 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 18, 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.
October 23, 1982
An external shot of Baxter Hoare, 1982.
May 6, 1994
Baxter Hoare is bought by Colin Saunders and moves to 51 Borough High Street.
October 23, 1997
Baxter Hoare at IFE (The International Food and Drink Event) 1997.
October 23, 2010
Adam White buys Baxter Hoare Travel and becomes the new owner and Managing Director.
October 1, 2014
Baxter Hoare relocates to current address, 61 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YF.
October 23, 2015
John Hussey retires after 49 years with Baxter Hoare Travel (having joined the company at the tender age of 16).
October 23, 2015
The Baxter Hoare team (as of October 2015).