Papers of Crossley Motors Ltd.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Signed minutes of directors' meetings and Annual General Meetings, giving some detail of business transacted, 1932-1954; minutes of AGMs and directors' meetings. 1968-1966; registers of seals including details of contracts and tenders, patent applications, manufacture agreements, 1923-1959; registers of shareholders and associated papers, 1910-1945; subject files, 1942-1965; private cash books, 1942-1958; financial correspondence, 1923-1966; certificate of incorporation, 1910; certificate of reduction of capital, 1926.

Administrative / Biographical History

Crossley Motors Ltd., gas engine manufacturers, produced cars from 1904 to 1937 and commercial vehicles from 1912 to 1956, at Gorton to 1945 and then at Stockport. The commercial vehicle developed in 1912 became the basis of the highly successful RFC tender in the Great War. In the 1920s commercial vehicle production centred on military types; buses were introduced in 1928. The firm merged with the Associated Equipment Company Ltd. (AEC) in 1948. The Stockport factory was closed in 1958.

A recent publication relating to the company may be of interest: Eyre, Michael, Crossley Motors : the story of a famous engineering business and the cars (Shepperton : OPC, 2002).

Reference: Catalogue to the collection.


This collection forms part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive (MSS.226).

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust in 1984.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue to file level is available in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources. A catalogue to file level is available in electronic format on the Access to Archives (A2A) website at:

An authority record exists for Crossley Motors Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2302).

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for publication of deposited material or the result of research based on it should be made to the Trust. The Trust reserves all rights to commercial exploitation and commercial publication. Please contact the Centre's staff for further details.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre holds the papers of other companies which form part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive. These include papers of the Associated Equipment Company Ltd. at MSS.226/AE. Secondary literature papers relating to Crossley Motors Ltd. are located at MSS.226X/CR/.

Technical materials are retained by the BMIHT. Technical enquiries should be made direct to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, Archives and Information Service, Gaydon, Warwickshire.

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