Financial papers of J. and J.W. Leavers, lace manufacturer of Nottingham,1844-1850

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Cash book, 15 January 1844-5 September 1850 (MS 652/1).
  • Bundle of loose financial papers, c.26 September 1849-c.22 November 1850 (MS 652/2).

This collection represents a fraction of the records that the company would have produced. Thefew items in it are chance survivals and were unlikely to have been retained originally for theirarchival value.

Administrative / Biographical History

The history of the firm of J. and J.W. Leavers is poorly documented. The few records in thiscollection would appear to suggest that the firm ceased trading in 1850 under that name. It ispossible that it was a predecessor of the firm of John Wells Leavers of Spaniel Row, Nottinghamwhich is recorded under the heading 'lace manufacturers' in the 1855 Post Office Directory. The 1881Kelly's Directory records that the firm of John Wells Leavers, silk and cotton yarn merchant, wasoperating at 34 Hounds Gate, Nottingham at the time. By 1895, no such firm is recorded in theKelly's Directory although a private resident, John Wells Leavers, was living at The Hermitage,Hermitage Walk, The Park, Nottingham in that year.

No connection between this firm of Leavers and that of John Levers, lace machinery inventor andmanufacturer has been established.


The collection has been divided by document type into two series. As the collection is very smalland accurate dating is not possible, arrangement of items has taken place numerically withinseries.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must besought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections (email Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this is often difficult andthe responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the personwishing to publish.


Custodial History

This collection was acquired by University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections in August 1995.

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