Papers of Morris Commercial Cars Ltd.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Signed minutes of directors' and general meetings, 1924-1968; annual balance sheets and accounts, 1926-1927, 1936-1968; annual returns, 1925-1950; registers of directors or managers, 1924-1948; Files of Messrs. Herbert and Gowers and Company, solicitors to the company, 1924-1951; articles of association, 1936; superannuation fund, 1958.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1924 W.R. Morris took over E.G. Wrigley and Co. Ltd. (in liquidation). This was a Birmingham axle manufacturer and one of Morris' suppliers. Morris then established Morris Commercial Cars Limited which acquired Wrigley's factory at Soho in Birmingham and commenced production of commercial vehicles, usually in the payload range from 1 ton upwards, thus supplementing the light commercial vehicles made by Morris Motors Limited at Cowley. Later Morris Commercial took over the former Wolseley factory at Adderley Park in Birmingham. In 1936, Morris sold Morris Commercial Cars to Morris Motors Limited. In the British Motor Corporation (BMC) era after 1952, the importance of Morris Commercial as an operating subsidiary declined, although Adderley Park became BMC's main commercial vehicle plant, until the opening of the new factory at Bathgate in Scotland in the early 1960s. Subsequently, Adderley Park was used for the production of light commercials (as in the Light Commercial Vehicle Division of BMC). The factory was closed in 1971 and shortly afterwards demolished. The use of the Morris Commercial name on vehicles was discontinued in 1967-68.

Reference: Anders Ditlev Clausager, BMIHT Archivist

Arrangement

This collection forms part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive (MSS.226).

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust in 1988.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue to file level is available in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources. A catalogue to file level is available in electronic format on the Access to Archives (A2A) website at: http://www.a2a.pro.gov.uk/

Authority records exist for Morris Commercial Cars Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2310); Morris Motors Limited (GB 152 AAR2309); British Motor Corporation (GB 152 AAR2295).

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for publication of deposited material or the result of research based on it should be made to the Trust. The Trust reserves all rights to commercial exploitation and commercial publication. Please contact the Centre's staff for further details.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Custodial History

The records were in one of ten deed boxes discovered in early 1988 in the Poplars building at the Cowley Body Plant when that building was being demolished.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds the papers of other companies which form part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive. These include papers of Morris Motors Limited MSS.226/MO and the British Motor Corporation MSS.226/BM.

Technical materials are retained by the BMIHT. Technical enquiries should be made direct to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, Archives and Information Service, Gaydon, Warwickshire.