Day books, letter book and other papers of a Leeds wine merchant (probably Skelton & Wells)

Scope and Content

Comprises (i) Accounts: September 1785-February 1791; (ii) Accounts: January 1787-December 1788; (iii) Day book: January 1787-November 1813; (iv) Letter book, 1814-1832; (v) Index to letter book; (vi) Miscellaneous printed documents relating to later ownership of the business, including a Foreign Wine Licence issued in 1845 in the name of William Wells

Administrative / Biographical History

The Leeds Directory for 1817 contains an entry for Skelton & Wells, wine merchants, at premises in Albion Street in Leeds. In 1860 Thomas Casson bought the business from Frank Richardson & Co., and Skelton & Wells are named as their predecessors. Later owners of the business included John Lupton & Son (in Gascoigne Street) and Cairns & Hickey (in Blenheim Terrace)

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

The gift of Cairns & Hickey (wine merchants), through the good offices of Professor John Chartres


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