Records of The Ancient House Bookshop (Ipswich) Ltd, booksellers, London, England

Scope and Content

  • Accounts 1976-1978

Administrative / Biographical History

By 1976  , Deben Bookshop Ltd was established as booksellers and stationers in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. In 1978  , the company became known as the Ancient House Bookshop (Ipswich) Ltd with its registered offices at 187 Piccadilly, London, England. The company had a share capital of å£50,000 and the firm of William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd , publishers, Glasgow, Scotland, were represented on the board. William Collins had been a director of Deben Bookshop Ltd until his death in 1946 when his son, William J Collins, replaced him as a director. By 1978, the shop in Ipswich was employing 25 people.

By the late 1980s  , it appears that the bookshop had been sold and in 1990  William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd changed the name of the company to William Collins G(XVI) Ltd . This company was dissolved in 1993  .


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit : William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd via BACS : 1987

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

This collection forms part of the William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd finding aid (UGD 243) consisting of the records of that company and its related/subsidiary companies

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)3040) and London (NRA31886)

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

Held by William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd, Glasgow


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Related Material

GB 0248 UGD 243/1 Records of William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd

Material in other repositories: no material associated by provenance

Location of Originals

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, April 2003. Lower level description input by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 27 May 2008

Geographical Names