Papers of the Goldendale Iron Company

Scope and Content

The Collection comprises 12 ordnance survey maps and 14 plans relating to the Goldendale Iron Company in Tunstall. The maps mark iron works and collieries in and around the Tunstall area of Staffordshire. Local buildings are also shown. The plans relate to ventilation of works, estate plans of Clough Hall, GoldenHill, local collieries, and local farmlands. The papers also include a collection of deeds which belonged to W.E.Dunn of the Company. The deeds relate to property and land ownership of individuals in the following places in Staffordshire. Audley, Barlaston, Balterley, Halmer End (manor of Audley), Park End (manor of Audley), Shelton, Stone, Talke (alias Talk-o'-th-Hill), Tunstall, Wolstanton.

Administrative / Biographical History

Goldendale Iron Company Ltd, pig iron manufacturers Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. The company was founded by Hugh Henshall Williamson and his brother Robert ans was in existence by 1848. By 1921 it was one of five iron companies in the Potteries with its own blast furnace. It ceased operating in the 1960s.

Reference: The Victoria History of the Counties of England: Staffordshire, Vol II. Denis Stuart (Editor), People of the Potteries (Keele. Department of Adult Education, University of Keele ).


The maps and plans are arranged separately, the deeds are arranged alphabetically by place name and a small miscellaneous group.

Access Information

There are no restrictions on access to these papers. Viewing is by prior appointment.

Acquisition Information

The collection was deposited as a gift in1984.



Other Finding Aids

The collection is listed. Finding aids may be consulted in Special Collections and Archives at Keele University, and at the National Register of Archives in London.

An authority record exists for the Goldendale Iron Company (GB 152 AAR1935).

Conditions Governing Use

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


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Special Collections and Archives, Keele University also holds other collections relating to mining. These include the Warrillow Collection (GB 172 WARR), the Sneyd Papers (GB 172 S), and the William Jack Collection (GB 172 WJ).

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