Records of The International Thread Co Ltd, thread manufacturers, Leicester, England

Scope and Content

  • Minute books, 1926-1963;
  • Registers of directors and members, 1926-1962;
  • Private ledger, 1955-1980;
  • Journal, 1956-1980;
  • Memorandum and articles of association, 1926-1962;
  • Share certificates, 1963-1977.

Administrative / Biographical History

The International Thread Co Ltd, thread manufacturers, Leicester, England was incorporated with limited liability in January  1926 , with a registered office at New Bridge Street, Leicester and a capital of £5,000. The directors were Arthur Grieves, John Kay and Harry Wright. In November 1934, the capital was increased to £10,000 by creating 5000 new shares at £1 each. Over the following years various shareholders transferred their shares to  J & P Coats Ltd, thread manufacturers, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, with J & P Coats Ltd transferring some of those to  Kerr & Co Ltd, cotton manufacturers and selling agents, Paisley. By  1955 , Kerr & Co Ltd were the controlling company. In 1942, The International Thread Co Ltd bought shares in Jumna Thread Mills Ltd, Bombay, India, which they transferred to J & P Coats Ltd in 1951. The company purchased African Sewing Cotton Co Ltd in 1943 and transferred it to J & P Coats Ltd in 1955. In 2002, The International Thread Co Ltd was still an active company, based at Stockley Park, Uxbridge, England.


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Access Information


Acquisition Information

Indefinite loan : J & P Coats : Glasgow : c1984

Indefinite loan : Coats Viyella plc : London: 1991 : ACCN 0146 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : via Business Archives Council in Scotland : 1993 : ACCN 0198 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : 1995 : ACCN 0240 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : 1996 : ACCN 0255 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : Coats Viyella plc : Swinton, Manchester: 2000 : ACCNs 1887, 1925, 1926, 1996

Indefinite loan : ACCN 0054

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S) 2576) and London (NRA20914)

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Custodial History

Held by J & P Coats Ltd


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 199/1 Records of J & P Coats Ltd and CoatsPatons Ltd

GB 248 UGD 199/20 Records of Kerr & Co Ltd

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