Messrs Miles & Co., Hereford Street, Christchurch

Messrs Miles & Co., Hereford Street, Christchurch

Miles and Co., stock and station agents, claimed to be one of the oldest firms - if not the oldest firm - in Canterbury. It was a branch of a well-known British firm, Miles Bros. and Co. of 79 Gracechurch Street, London. The company's first office at Norwich Quay, Lyttelton, was staffed by Mr. F. Banks, an agent of the British company. About 1863 a complex was built with a frontage of 133 feet in Hereford Street and this structure is depicted in the illustration. In 1863-1864 Miles and Co. exported 11,051 bales of wool from Canterbury. This was more than 60% of the Canterbury woolclip.

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