Item BCA - 2019.1893 - Accounts for The Swan Inn, Buckland Road, year ending March 31st 1951

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BCA - 2019.1893


Accounts for The Swan Inn, Buckland Road, year ending March 31st 1951


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Mr & Mrs Sollis owned and ran the Swan Inn, in Buckland Road. These are the accounts and a covering letter from their accountant, Thornton & Thornton in Witney and the accounts themselves for year ending March 31st 1951.
You will gather from the covering letter from the accountant that any form of usable accounts were not in the habit of being kept by Mr & Mrs Sollis.
I included the envelope because there is a special stamp on it that records the Festival of Britain which took place in 1951. For those of you too young to know about the Festival of Britain ... after more than a decade of rationing, austerity and making-do, gloomy post-war Britain needed a lift. The government’s antidote was ‘The Festival of Britain’, a national exhibition designed with the aim of promoting a feeling of recovery and demonstrating Britain’s contribution to civilisation past, present and future in the arts, science and technology and industrial design.
Opening in May 1951 and lasting until that September, the Festival was timed to coincide with the centenary of the Great Exhibition in 1851, but rather than being a world fair it focused entirely on Britain and its achievements and being a beacon for change. Funded mostly by the government with a budget of £12 million, Labour cabinet minister Herbert Morrison (MP for South Hackney and former leader of London County Council) was the chief organiser.

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