As a child I learned that there was a connection with Gale's Honey but I have only recently tried to find the details.Gale's Honey was founded by Richard Westley Gale (born 1895 in Hendon district).His parents were Albert Henry Gale (1859-1925) and Amelia (neé Clarke) (1860-1897).Richard Westley Gale married Marie H Easton at Willesden in 1923, but they do not seem to have had any children.
Albert Henry's parents were Argus Albert Gale (1836-1868) and Hannah (neé Smith) 1834-1921).The 1861 census shows Argus Albert Gale employed by the Bavarian Ambassador at Westminster, as a living-in Footman aged 27 and married.It seems rather odd that his wife Hannah (26) and son Albert Henry(1) are nowhere to be found.The family link is at this level; my g-g-grandmother Hephzibah Smith being Hannah's sister.
I have been trying to find out when Gale's honey was actually founded.The London Gazette 15 Oct 1926 reports the end of a partnership with Sidney Thomas Rayner, trading as Rayner & Gale, bottlers and vendors of honey, after which R W Gale ran the business on his own.The Times 22 June 1949 reports that R W Gale & Co Ltd was purchased by Joseph Farrow & Co in 1948.It is now owned by Premier Foods, who state that Gale's Honey dates from 1919.
The missing links seem to be the origin of this 1919date, the creation of Rayner & Gale, and the ownership between Joseph Farrow and Premier Foods.I have contacted Premier Foods, but with no response so far.
If any of you Gales out there can add to this, I would be most grateful.