J.J. PRIOR – A brief history

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The information on this page has been put together by myself and to the best of my knowledge is correct.  If you do find any vessels i have missed out or information incorrect ,please let me know ~ Ben

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JJ Prior have been in operation since 1870 operating in the Thames, Colne and Medway

The Prior family renamed the company J.J. Prior (Transport) Limited in 1934. (JJP). At the same time, they purchased the Fingringhoe based Thames Sand Marketing Company and formed another London based company called J.J. Prior (Aggregates) Ltd. (JJPA). The sand company was renamed Thames & Colne River Aggregates Limited (TCRA) in 1944. At this time, TCRA produced sand and gravel, JJP shipped it and JJPA distributed it to their customers in London.

In the 40’s ‘Priors’ also acquired Smith & Donovan Limited (S&D) a ship building and repair company and thereby all the repairs to their barges and vehicles and plant was kept in-house. JJP took over the activities of S&D in 1981 and S&D was liquidated.

The freehold of Orchard Wharf was purchased in 1947, as was the adjoining Silvocea Wharf. Brewery Wharf, Greenwich was purchased by JJP in 1955.

The main London wharves (Orchard Wharf and Silvocea Wharf) owned by the ‘Prior’ family business were compulsorily acquired by the London Docklands Development Corporation in 1990, by which time the head office of the business had been transferred to Fingringhoe. As we had no real presence in London, it was felt that it was no longer necessary to have a selling agent so JJPA was liquidated. TCRA took over the customer base and JJP purchased its land holding.

Thames & Colne River Aggregates Limited produces the aggregates and J.J. Prior (Transport) Limited, ship it to London.

In 2010 the two companies merged to form J.J. Prior Ltd.

 

Fleet List:

Gabriela (laid up for sale)
James Prior
Peter Prior (broken up)
Nigel Prior (since sold)
Bert Prior
Brenda Prior (laid up)
Mark Prior
Francesca Prior (laid up)
Sidney P (sold abroad to Gambia 1987)
Peter P (later renamed J.J Prior) (Houseboat Barking Creek)
Colin P (last seen Queenborough 2005 engine removed)
Margaret G 
David J (broken up at Queenborough 198x, last photo 1984)
A.H.P (no trace after 1985)
HW Wilkinson (from 1994-1995)
Lodella (from 2004)

no photos found of these
SHAWFORD (wrecked on Maplin Sands 1956)
PETERBOROUGH TRADER (registered with JJ Prior 1959) but by 1964 vanished
ARRIPAY – 1948 sank after being abandoned off Walton-on-the-Naze on passage from Fingringhoe for London with sand and gravel

 

GABRIELLA  – Cement Carrier 
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Photo by Ben Mann – 28 March 2006
2064396Photo by Doug Shaw – June 2014

JAMES PRIOR
James
 Photo by Ben Mann – 2007

tedinghamJamesPhoto by Ted Ingham – Strood 2012

PETER PRIOR – ex Eloquence – Arrived for breaking up 13/06/2007

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Photo by Ritchie 2007

peterpriorbreakPhoto by Ben Mann 2008

NIGEL PRIOR
Nigel (phil english)
photo by Phil English

BERT PRIOR

BERT (tedingham)Photo by Tedingham

BERT (Colwyn)

 

BRENDA PRIOR

BRENDA (Tedingham 2004)
photo: Ted Ingham 2004
BRENDA (1991 DAVID)
photo by David 1991

BRENDA (Doug Shaw 2013)
Photo by Doug Shaw 2013

MARK PRIOR
MARKPRIOR(Doug) MARKPRIOR (2005 Phil)
Photo by Jonesy 2005

FRANCESCA PRIOR  (suffered small fire in 2011)
Francesca-Prior Francesca prior (Ian Hardie)
photo: Ian Hardie

SIDNEY P

X105asSYDNEYP290676Jonesyphoto by Jonesy

PETER P
Peter_P (BOB S)
photo: Jonesy
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COLIN P
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MARGARET G
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DAVID J
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A.H.P
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HW WILKINSON (owned by RMC occasionally used by Priors)
HW WILKINSON

LODELLA (never entered service with Priors)
Lodella(derek Sands)photo by Derek Sands

 

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One thought on “J.J. PRIOR – A brief history

    Liz Lloyd (@LizanneLloyd) said:
    July 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    You might be interested in this page
    http://russiadock.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-talbot-family-19th-century-barge.html
    Only one picture I’m afraid.

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