Joseph Heap and Sons Limited, Rice Millers, records.
Joseph Heap (1762-1833) founded a rice mill in Pownall Street, Liverpool, in 1778 or 1780. Until about the 1880s the firm owned its own vessels, known as the Diamond H Line after their house flag, sailing between Liverpool and Australia, via Rangoon and the East Indies. The firm has had several changes of ownership. The Pownall Street Mill was still operational in 1988. It is now empty and the firm is based in Regent Road, Liverpool. The collection comprises 6 volumes: general meeting minute books, 1900-1973; directors minutes, 1946-1974; and share registers. For further details see the attached catalogue.