Liverpool History Society Questions

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Blake and Mackenzie


I’m trying to find information about Blake and Mackenzie, who were lithographic printers in Liverpool, possibly specialising in horticultural printing such as seed catalogues and seed pockets. They may also have sold or manufactured horticultural sundries.

Many thanks



21/06/2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. I am also interested in Blake and Mackenzie as my father -John Claude Murray – was the company director. I visited it as a child. If we make contact perhaps we can share our knowledge of the company. Gillian Liebenberg

    Comment by Gillian Liebenberg | 20/01/2012 | Reply

    • I to am interested as I think my family may of owned it. I was Blake before I married

      Comment by norma symonds ne Blake | 14/04/2012 | Reply

      • Thank you for getting in touch. I have always wondered who Mr Blake and Mr Mackenzie were. I have a copy of my Grandfather’s obituary which states he “had been with the firm for seventy years and was one of the founders of it’s Glasgow establishment. Later he assisted in the establishment of the present business in Islington.”. My Grandfather’s name was Charles Newton Murray and he died in 1939, aged 82.

        Comment by Gillian Liebenberg née Murray | 16/04/2012 | Reply

        • If you have any more information about the firm that could give me a clue I did not know it was founded in Glasgow but all my family were from Glasgow. When did it move to liverpool etc. I have an old invoice dated 1939 from Liverpool .

          Comment by norma symonds ne Blake | 18/04/2012 | Reply

          • I would prefer to send you more information by private email. If you send me your email I will do so. Mine is
            You old invoice interests me as it is dated the year my grandfather died. Does it have the exact date, so that we can verify whether it was issued before or after his death? Do the contents inform you if the Blake family were owners or still had an interest in Blake and Mackenzie?

            Comment by Gillian Liebenberg née Murray | 19/04/2012 | Reply

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