J&W Nicholson & Co
After his retirement from amateur cricket, William Nicholson became company chairman. In 1864, the Marylebone Cricket Club purchased the freehold of Lord's Cricket Ground, paying all of the £18,333 6s 8d fee from monies advanced by Nicholson. Then, in 1889, the foundation stone was laid for the new Lord's Pavilion, paid for by a £21,000 loan from Nicholson. From its foundation in 1787 until this point, the MCC's colours had been sky blue, but changed around this date to the red and yellow, also the corporate colour scheme of Nicholson's.
In 1872, the company acquired Three Mills, moving production of its Lamplighter Gin to the location. The company ceased gin production at Three Mills in 1941 due to rationing based shortages in the United Kingdom during World War II.
In 1966, the company sold the Three Mills facility, and in the 1970s the Nicholson family, headed by Sir Richard Nicholson, sold the remaining gin brands and business to the Distillers Company.
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- MCC history. Retrieved on 19 July 2009.
- Williams, Glenys. "The colours of MCC". About MCC. Marylebone Cricket Club. Retrieved 19 July 2009. "William Nicholson continued to loan the Club substantial amounts for numerous projects over the next 30 years and was President of MCC in 1879. William Nicholson was the owner of the Nicholson's Gin Company, the colours of which were red and yellow. Although no written proof has yet been found there is a strong family tradition that the adoption of the red and gold was MCC's personal thank you to William Nicholson for his services to the club - sport's first corporate sponsorship deal perhaps?"
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