Records of Provanside Factory Ltd, property leasing company, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes 1904-1927;
  • Ledger 1918-1927.

Administrative / Biographical History

Provanside Factory Ltd was incorporated in 1904  with its registered offices being that of William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd , publishers, at 139 Stirling Road, Glasgow, Scotland, moving to Cathedral Street, Glasgow, in 1906  . The company had a share capital of å£25,000 and its first directors were William Collins of William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd, and W C Dixon, an employee of William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd.

The company was formed to purchase property and land that it could then lease to William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd. The publishing company acquired the lease to the properties held by Provanside Factory Ltd for an annual rent and through the purchase of shares in Provanside Factory Ltd. In July 1904  , Provanside Factory Ltd purchased the Provanside factory in Glasgow that was already being used as a works by William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd, for å£16,000 cash and 9,000 shares, leasing it back to the publishers for a period of 21 years. In the same year, the company acquired 132-136 St James Road, Glasgow, for å£2,853 from William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd and leased it back to the company on a 10-year lease. In 1918  , Provanside Factory Ltd purchased properties on Kyle Street and Couper Place from the Caledonian Railway company who already leased the properties to William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd along with other companies. Collins remained tenants of the property. In the same year, the company purchased land for development at Denzil Road in Willesden, London, England, from Willesden Urban District Council. However, this land was then leased back to the Council for a period of 7 years. In 1927  , it was decided to wind up Provanside Factory Ltd and, as the major shareholders, all properties and land were transferred to William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd.


The material is arranged into series as shown in the scope and content. Within series items are generally arranged chronologically.

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)

Alternative Form Available

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

Held by William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd, Glasgow


None expected

Related Material

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

Location of Originals

This material is original


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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 compiled by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 27 May 2008