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Jeremiah Colman (1777–1851) was a miller who founded Colman's Mustard, a business that emerged as Reckitt Benckiser.


Born in Norfolk in 1777 and a miller by training, Jeremiah Colman managed a mill at Bawburgh before buying his own mill at Pockthorpe[1] in 1803.[2] In 1814 he bought the mustard business of Edward Ames and moved it to a mill at Stoke Holy Cross where he started crushing mustard seed.[2] By 1829 he was selling mustard in London.[2]

Colman died in 1851 but within 20 years of this death his mustard business had become a Victorian household name.[2]


  1. ^ Pockthorpe Tower Mill
  2. ^ a b c d Norwich since 1550 By Carole Rawcliffe, Page 393 Hambledon Continuum, 2004, ISBN 978-1852854508


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