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Kent & Sons at 104 High Street, Colchester, John Kent’s original cash book pictured between 1860 and 1878
John Kent:
founder, owner and partner, 1838-96
John Kent’s original cash book
Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887
Edwin F Blaxill – John Kent’s partner from 1867
Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897
A lease was taken out on 3A High Street in 1906
Anna Blaxill: proprietor in 1896 and partner 1897 
to 1900
The pre-First World War delivery service
Ben Kent: managing director 1897-1935
The delivery fleet in the 1930s
Staff outing in the late 1930s was a Thames boat trip. A train was hired to take staff to London
A delivery lorry in 1938
E Alec (Alderman) Blaxill: Mayor 1909-10 and 1937-38
Queen Mary visited Colchester in 1938 when E Alec Blaxill was mayor. He is seated to her left
Alec E Blaxill: MD,1935-52
Donald Blaxill: joint MD
John Kent: joint MD
Mary Blaxill, wife of chairman Dr Bernard Blaxill, opens the Layer Road site
The opening of the Layer Road showrooms in 1966
Christopher Blaxill: MD from 1963 to 1989
Harold Whybrow: general manager in 1954
John S Kent: KB’s first sales director
Simon Blaxill: MD since 1989
175th anniversary: deputy prime minister Nick Clegg visits, accompanied by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell
The launch of the KB Lincoln branch in 2020

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