Papers of the Rubery Owen Domestic Equipment Group

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Rubery Owen Domestic Equipment Ltd: Minute books of Castra Electric Washing Machine Company Ltd, 1952-1967; Rubery Owen (Leeds) Ltd, 1967; Rubery Owen Domestic Equipment Ltd, 1972; sales ledger of Castra Electric Washing Machine Company Ltd.

A.G. Sutherland Ltd: Minute books, 1912 - 1982.

H.T. Developments Ltd: Minutes, 1956-1972.

J.B. Williams (Maxstoke) Ltd: Minutes, 1957-1978; register of members and annual returns, 1957-1978;

Templewood Cabinets Ltd: Minutes, 1965-1978; register of members and annual returns, 1965-1978; memorandum and articles of association, 1973.

Easiclene Domestic Equipment Ltd: Analysis, purchases, plant and sundries, 1938-1946; cash book, 1940-1944; petty cash book, 1941-1943; wages book, 1946 -1948; register of members: 1936 - 1937.

Administrative / Biographical History

At June 1972 the Group comprised the following companies: Rubery Owen Domestic Equipment Ltd; A.G. Sutherland Ltd; H.T. Developments Ltd; J.B. Williams (Maxstoke) Ltd; Templewood Cabinets Ltd; Easiclene Domestic Equipment Ltd.

Reference: Catalogue to the collection.


This collection forms part of the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive.

The Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive has been arranged using the following classification scheme: 1 Minute Books; 2 Statutory Records; 3 Financial Records; 4 Correspondence; 5 Letter Books; 6 Printed Publications; 7 Other Publications; 8 Diaries; 9 Agreements; 10 Press - Cuttings; 11 Reports; 12 Notices; 13 Functional Records; 13.1 Preparation for Retirement; 13.2 Industrial Life & Christian Teamwork; 13.3 Group Archives.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd in 1994.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A catalogue to file level is also available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

A general collection level description exists for the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive as a whole (MSS.338). Collection level descriptions also exist for Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd and predecessors (MSS.338/RO); papers of the subsidiary companies including: Darlaston Group (MSS.338/ROD); Conveyancer Group (MSS.338/ROC); Domestic Equipment Group (MSS.338/RODE); Fasteners Group (MSS.338/ROF); Distributors Group (MSS.338/ROJ); C. & L. Hill Group (MSS.338/ROL); Other Subsidiary Companies (MSS.338/ROS)

An authority record exists for Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2219).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

Files relating to Sir Alfred's activities as a member and chairman of the Staffordshire County Council were transferred to the Staffordshire County Record Office in 1974. The Rubery Owen Photographic and Film Collection is held by the Staffordshire Film Archive at Staffordshire University.


A guide to the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive is available from the Modern Records Centre:

Leonard McDonald, Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd. Archive (University of Warwick, 1997).  Please contact the Centre's staff for further details