Gonne, Gribble and Holford


During this time the Port house had been managed by Jack’s brother, Frederick.

Gribble's scribbled handwriting
In 1824, Frederick died leaving Jack as the sole owner of the company.  By this time, Jack had returned to England where his pursuit of his many interests left him little time to look after the Port firm. He made an agreement with Croft’s main London agent, Messrs. Gonne, Gribble & Holford, whereby they managed the company in exchange for a share in the profits.  This arrangement proved a successful one particularly as Jack’s son, John Frederick Croft, when he came of age, showed little interest in the business.