Papers of George Buckton and Sons

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This small collection was donated by George Buckton and Sons in 1974. It consists of a ledger (1815-48), an account book of the schooner `George' (1830-41), a stock book for black lead (1860-1921), a lease from 1824 and a building estimate.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Buckton was the founder of a family business in the nineteenth century. In Baines's Directory for 1823 he was listed as a general merchant, shipping agent and wharfinger. His business was located at 56 High Street, Hull and he lived at 6 Bourne Street. The ledger held in the Brynmor Jones Library begins earlier, in 1815, and indicates that George Buckton was very successful; his business turned over thousands of pounds. DX/93/2 is an estimate for building a quay in 1823 (169 13s 6d) and he seems to have profited out of ownership of this quay. DX/93/4 is the account book of the schooner, `George', for which he was the agent along with several others. The `George' was a boat under sail; its owner paid to have it towed out of the Humber under steam. It was mostly employed in the coal run from Newcastle and George Buckton shipped goods back and forth on the boat. It also sailed to Bridlington, Scarborough, Stockton, Sunderland and Whitby. The account book of the `George' covers the period 1830 to 1841, a time when George Buckton was clearly very wealthy. In 1833 he became one of the first directors of the Hull Banking Company, Hull's first joint stock bank, and, in 1846, he became one of the first directors in the Hull Glass Company. The capital sunk in the latter venture by the directors was 100,000 in 5000 shares of 20 each. George Buckton and Sons carried on into the twentieth century and DX93/5 is a stock account book for black lead which ends in 1921 (Bellamy, `Some aspects of the economy of Hull', pp.263, 374).

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Originally published by Access to Archives - A2A. The data in this finding aid is in the copyright of the place of deposit.

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Baines, Edward, History, Directory and Gazeteer of the county of York, ii (1823; rep. as Baines's Yorkshire, 1969)

Bellamy, Joyce, `Some aspects of the economy of Hull in the nineteenth century with special reference to business history' (PhD, Hull, 1965)