Papers of James Fisher and Company, Lace Manufacturers, Nottingham, 1817-1908

Scope and Content

The collection consists of material relating to the company, and of a personal nature. The latter is made up of correspondence and diaries (c.1875 to c.1889) concerning Isaac, James and Horace Arthur Fisher. The most important evidence of the firm's activities is contained in 19 bundles of detailed solicitor's bills, 1817-1849, 1877. There is also a ledger kept by the executors of Isaac Fisher, 1847-1902, and a number of stock books, 1826 to 1908.

Administrative / Biographical History

The lace making firm of James Fisher and Co. first appears in a Nottingham trades directory in 1825; the firm seems to have been based in London prior to this date. A factory was initially established at Short Hill, Nottingham but later moved to George Street (renamed Moorgate Street at the end of the nineteenth century) in New Radford. By 1830 the firm had become known as Fisher and Robinson's, and by 1910 had been taken over by William Hirst and Sons Ltd. However, due to a decline in the market for lace the factory was demolished in 1962.


The collection is divided into six sections: A Accounts, C Correspondence, D Deeds, J Diaries and Journal, L Legal papers, S Stock Books. Material is arranged chronologically within each section.

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COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 received by Nottingham University Library in July 1960, from a member of staff of A. C. Gill Ltd, Nottingham. The archive does not record a link between the firms.