Records relating to Pasolds Limited, Clothing Manufacturers, Langley, Berkshire, and the hosiery manufacturing industry, 1941-1956

Scope and Content

This small collection features few of the business records of Pasolds. The only records generated by the company itself are accounts in the form of salary listings, and a cash book. The rest of the records relate to professional hosiery bodies including the National Hosiery Manufacturers' Federation (minutes, newsletters, policy documents), the Leicestershire and District Hosiery Manufacturers' Association Limited, and the Hosiery and Knitwear Export Group (Management Committee notes, market research).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Pasold family connection with textiles goes back to the seventeenth century in Bohemia. By the 19th century the firm of Adolf Pasold & Sohn was well established in Czechoslovakia. Changing markets after the First World War, and rising tariffs in Western Europe in the 1930s prompted Eric Pasold to extend the company's manufacturing interests in England.

A factory was opened at Langley, Berkshire in 1932, and by 1939 the company partnership had become Pasolds Limited. Its most famous product was the Ladybird childrens' clothing line. In 1965 the company was taken over by Coats Paton & Baldwin, the world's largest sewing thread manufacturers, and became part of a multinational company.


Material is listed by organisation.

Access Information

Access is restricted pending full processing of the items and final publication of the draft finding aid; some material can be made available by special advance arrangement.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, King's Meadow Campus:

Draft Typescript Catalogue; 3 pp

On the World Wide Web:

Catalogue accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue

Conditions Governing Use

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

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

The records came to the University library in 1994 from the Trustees of the Pasold Research Fund.

Related Material

Core business records of Pasolds Ltd and its subsidiaries (MS 814); records of Chilprufe Limited (BCH).