CATHERALL AND HANCOCK, BRICKWORKS AND POTTERY RECORDS

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Deeds relating to Hancock properties in Buckley and Hawarden, 1737-1874; plans of Spon Green and other collieries, [late 19th century]; vouchers, 1843-1872; deeds of the Catherall family, 1778-1919, relating to properties including brickworks and potteries in Buckley and Hawarden; letters to Jonathan and William Catherall, 1808-1830; deeds relating mainly to Buckley, Knowle Lane and Etna brickworks and Lane End and Buckley collieries, 1841-1920; leases of Northop coal mines, 1873-1912; and agreements concerning colliery wagons and sidings in Buckley, 1875-1932.

Administrative / Biographical History

The clay industry in Buckley, Flintshire, grew rapidly in the 18th century when the improvement of the navigation of the River Dee facilitated trade with Ireland. Jonathan Catherall (1689-1761) played an important part in the development of the industry. William Hancock (born 1752), Catherall's grandson, was another leading pottery and brickwork owner, and a partner in the tramway from Buckley to the River Dee. William Hancock and Company produced brick and pottery in the Buckey and Mold area until the late 19th century. Catherall had another grandson, also Jonathan Catherall (1761-1833), who inherited his grandfather's pottery business and expanded it. In 1792, he married Catherine Jones, who died in 1807. Their only surviving child, William (born [1798]), became a partner in the business in 1819. Catherall and Company survived in Buckley until the late 19th century, moving increasingly into brick and tile manufacture. The company of George Watkinson and Sons owned brickworks and collieries in Buckley in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Etna brickworks.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following: Hancock; Catherall (deeds); Catherall (correspondence); Castle Brick Company; and Hancock

Conditions Governing Access

Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Acquisition Information

Parts purchased from Mrs T. Cropper, Buckley; deposited by the Castle Brick Company, Northop, Mold.

Note

Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided).

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Catherall and Hancock MSS; Veysey, A. G. (ed.), Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Denbigh, 1974); Cropper, Thomas, Buckley and District (Facsimile edition, Clwyd County Council, 1987); Messham, J. E., 'The Buckley Potteries', Flintshire History Society Journal, XVI (1956), pp. 31-61.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of this catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. Input by Estelle Roberts and Bridget Thomas. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Catherall and Hancock MSS; Veysey, A. G. (ed.), Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Denbigh, 1974); Cropper, Thomas, Buckley and District (Facsimile edition, Clwyd County Council, 1987); Messham, J. E., 'The Buckley Potteries', Flintshire History Society Journal, XVI (1956), pp. 31-61.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Usual copyright restrictions apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

The Catherall deeds and papers came into the possession of Thomas Cropper of Buckley.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records relating to the brick industry in Buckley are in Flintshire Record Office, D/DM/61, 107, 245, 267, 288.

Bibliography

Cropper, Thomas, 'Buckley and District' (Buckley, 1923) and Messham, J. E., 'The Buckley Potteries', Flintshire History Society Journal, XVI (1956), pp. 31-61, were based on the archive.

Geographical Names