Records of Wallis and Longden, Lace Machinery Manufacturers, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, 1888-1948

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection comprises letter books from 1902-1944. The run is unfortunately not complete, with gaps between June 1920 and March 1925, and from August 1928 to February 1932. Little has survived of the firm's earlier records other than a Time Account Book from 1888-1894.

Administrative / Biographical History

Wallis and Longden of Long Eaton, Derbyshire manufactured the famous Leavers lace machines, which were invented by John Leavers in 1831. Most were exported, notably to America in the 1900s. The factory closed in 1962.


Material is listed in chronological order.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue, 2 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 2 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

The records were transferred to the University of Nottingham Library by a member of the Longden family, in 1962.