- Financial records 1909-1943;
- Correspondence and plans regarding the Shettleston works, Glasgow 1938-1961;
- Output costs and correspondence 1945-1946;
- Works manual 1948-1949;
- Correspondence file 1962-1965;
- Notes on wire ropes n.d.
Records of Archibald Thomson Black & Co Ltd, wire rope manufacturers, Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 248 UGD 042/6/2
- Dates of Creation1909-1965
- Name of Creator
- Physical Description0.6 metresThere are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material.
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
John Black & Co, hemp rope makers, was established in 1843 in Stobcross, Glasgow, Scotland. By 1860 , the firm was known as Black Renton & Co and around this time the company started to produce wire rope. By the 1890s the company had amalgamated with Archibald Thomson & Co, rope makes, Shettleston, Glasgow, and became known as Archibald Thomson Black & Co Ltd . The company was acquired by the Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland, in 1938 and by this time was specialising in the production of marine and mining rope. Trading as a subsidiary of the Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd, new machinery was introduced to the plant yet major upgrading of the works did not happen until the late 1950s. The company became known as the Gourock Wire Rope Co Ltd in the early 1960s and was dissolved in 1985 .
Sources: GB 248 UGD 42/11/4 The Gourock Ropeworks Co including The Govan Ropework Co Ltd memorandum re business (1927-1929); GB 248 UGD 42/11/8/3 The Gourock. Brochure (1954)
Generally arranged chronologically within record series.
Conditions Governing Access
Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd : Port Glasgow : c.1971
Other Finding Aids
Digital file level list available in searchroom
Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)1717) and London (NRA10832)
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This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures
The bulk of this material was received directly from Archibald Thomson Black & Co by the Economic History Department, Glasgow University in c1971. Management of the collection transferred to Glasgow University Archives in 1975.
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