Crawford’s began as a bakery in Scotland in the early 1800s, before opening a factory in liverpool and becoming part of United Biscuits.
Past and today
Crawford’s Biscuits was opened as a small shop by William Crawford near Leith, Edinburgh in 1813.
The company opened its Fairfield Biscuit Works in Edge Lane, Old Swan, Liverpool in 1897, and along with Frank Hornby's Meccano Ltd. factory in Binns Road, became one of Liverpool's main factory-based employers. Crawfords and Meccano Ltd. were near neighbours in the Old Swan district, and this made Crawfords an obvious candidate when Meccano Ltd. was looking for brandnames to put on the sides of their model railway wagons.
The company was acquired by the biscuit firm United Biscuits in the early 1960s but the Crawford’s brand is still used today. There is no mention of Crawford’s on the United Biscuits main website but the United Biscuits nutrition website, 123 Healthy Balance describes Crawford’s biscuits as offering "great value, everyday classic biscuits such as Custard Creams, Jam Rings and Digestives".
The autobiography of actor Michael Crawford, "Parcel Arrived Safely, Tied with String" says that Crawford (born Michael Patrick Smith, and known as Michael Ingram after his mother remarried) needed to change his surname to get an Equity card as there was already another Michael Ingram registered. While wondering what name to choose, Crawford was inspired by the sight of a lorry on Sheerness High Street marked "CRAWFORD's Biscuits are Best" in large letters.
- "Crawford's" - A short history of the brand (thegreatbritishdiet.co.uk)
- "Shortcake" - A review of Crawford's Shortcake biscuit, with pictures of the packaging (thegreatbritishdiet.co.uk)
- "United Biscuits" - The United Biscuits website (unitedbiscuits.com)
- "123 Healthy Balance" - United Biscuit's nutrition website (123healthybalance.com)
Promotional and advertising artwork
- 1930s Crawfords advertisement: "Mr Heath Robinson's conception of a modern biscuit plant" (fotolibra.com)
- Crawfords Biscuits badge (badgecollectorscircle.co.uk)
- Bartholomew, Biscuits and the First World War (blogs.nls.uk)
Crawfords in Leith
- "Recollections: Crawford's Biscuits" - Some memories of the Crawford's Biscuits factory in Leith (edinphoto.org.uk)
- Crawfords the bakers closes its doors after nearly a century as a Scottish institution Supermarket bread wars claim biggest casualty, Herald, 1996 (heraldscotland.com)
Crawfords in Fairfield, Liverpool:
- Fairfield Biscuit Works (Crawfords Biscuits) - photos and memories (liverpoolpicturebook.com)
- Liverpool and Merseyside Remembered: World War One Crawfords factory remembrance panel (liverpoolremembrance.weebly.com)
- 2009: Frances Green talks about Crawfords biscuit factory up, until the 1950s demolition (edgehillstation.co.uk)
Pages in category ‘Crawfords Biscuits’
The following 12 pages are in this category, out of 12 total.
- Circus Biscuit Tin
- Crawford's Biscuit Van type 3, pb (Hornby Series)
- Crawford's Biscuit Van, 1920s (Hornby Series)
- Crawford's Biscuit Van, 1920s, variation (Hornby Series)
- Crawford's Biscuit Van, 1930s (Hornby Series)
- Crawford's Biscuit Van, 1930s, variation (Hornby Series)
- Crawfords Aeroplane, Pride of London A-ONE biscuit tin (Crawfords Biscuits)
Media in category ‘Crawfords Biscuits’
The following 6 files are in this category, out of 6 total.
- Barrel Organ biscuit tin (Crawfords).jpg 1,200 × 800; 677 KB
- Flying Scotsman LNER 4472 biscuit tin, Crawfords, detail.jpg 2,500 × 1,409; 1.73 MB
- Flying Scotsman LNER 4472 biscuit tin, Crawfords, tender detail.jpg 2,500 × 1,667; 2.14 MB
- Hornby Crawford's Biscuit Van (1925 HBoT).jpg 734 × 639; 65 KB
- Hornby Crawford's Biscuit Van (1928 HBoT).jpg 734 × 643; 72 KB
- House of Knowledge biscuit tin money box (Crawfords).jpg 1,200 × 902; 531 KB